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Tuesday 10 October 2023


OAU’s Departmental Cut-off for 2022/2023 UTME Admissions

As an applicant to OAU or a parent of an applicant, you should know by now what the departmental cut-offs mean and the difference between the departmental cut-offs and the school’s cut-off. But to aid the context of this discussion, I’d say the major differences between the school’s cut-off and the departmental cut-offs are that while the school’s cut-off is always 200/400 in the UTME, and it’s what qualifies you to be able to write the Post-UTME, the departmental cut-offs are the real admission screener, they are determined by the departments and released by the faculties, they are based on the aggregate score which is a statistical summarization of the O/Level results, UTME results and Post-UTME results in which the applicant must have at least average of the aggregate before they can be considered for admission at all, and they should have the aggregate score that beats their departmental cut-off before they can qualify for the admission—other necessary boxes being checked too.

It should be understood now that the cut-offs being released now are largely what determines whether an applicant gets admitted or not. These cut-offs are relatively high this year because OAU aims to admit only 40% of its admission quota from these applicants as they have admitted 60% of the admission quota from last year’s applicants. Don’t get the last statement wrong, as it doesn’t mean OAU is admitting 40% of the 2022/2023 applicants, it only means OAU has an admission quota every admission year, and since the 2021/2022 applicants and the 2022/2023 applicants are going to be merged to fit into one academic session to resume together soon, it means that the admission quota has to be shared around the 2021/2022 applicants and the 2022/2023 applicants. Let’s say OAU’s admission quota is 20,000 slots for the academic session resuming later this year, it would mean that 12,000 applicants have been admitted from the 2021/2022 applicants and only 8,000 will be admitted from the 2022/2023 applicants—this explains why the departmental cut-offs are relatively high; only a tiny portion of the 2022/2023 applicants can be admitted. Don’t forget this assumed 8,000 would be shared around UTME applicants, pre-degree applicants, JUPEB and other DE applicants. Tough, right? I believe the technicalities surrounding this session are understood now. If so, below are the departmental cut-offs for the 2022/2023 admission session as released by the authorities. Please note that for the highly competitive departments like Medicine and Surgery, Nursing, Dentistry, Medical Rehabilitation, Pharmacy, Law, Accounting, and Economics, you may beat the cut-off and still not get admitted—you need to use your longest legs to get these departments (if you know what I mean).



Tuesday 5 September 2023


Wrong Date of Birth on Your Transcript: The Ways Out of the Problems it Causes

Having different dates of birth on your documents like NIN, international passport, licenses and transcripts might not be a big deal if all you do is local, but the time you decide to go international, like get a job abroad  or try to get an admission abroad or a visa to travel abroad or something, then is when you’d realize the problems having different dates of birth on your needed documents can cause you. Although your name and age are two things most countries are able to afford to allow you claim as they suite you; Nigeria is one of the countries that can afford leaving your name and date of birth to you to determine (we might or never get to when Nigeria allows you to determine your gender), but still, the authorities in Nigeria, for understandable reasons, still make claiming different names and different dates of birth regrettable for you. Example of this is when you, for some reasons, leave one date of birth with your school when you got admitted and you leave another date of birth on your national and international identification documents; every institution that would be involved in fixing these differences for you would make you regret you let this happen to you.

You don’t want to go to Immigration office to change the date of birth on your passport to match the one on your transcript, because then they would ask you to go change the one on your NIN first and that one would cost you so much money and time; trust that Immigration office would charge you high too, and everything would take a while to complete. Not that trying to change the date of birth on your transcript is allowed by your school, but people always have their ways around things like this (this is Nigeria); so, schools might insist they don’t change dates of birth on transcripts, but nothing is impossible if you know you ways. You can call us on +2348139534187 to know if we are able to offer such help in your school; it’s not many schools we can do this at, but we have enough resources at some schools to be able to pull a cat out of a hat for you on modifying your date of birth to the preferred one.

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Monday 28 August 2023

Why Your Letter of Professional Standing from TRCN to QTS is Yet to be Sent [TAGS: NAIRALAND, TRCN, QTS, LOPS, UK, TEACHING PROFESSION]

 Why Your Letter of Professional Standing from TRCN to QTS is Yet to be Sent

If this topic interests you, then it is most likely that you have applied for QTS and you have paid to TRCN to send your Letter of Professional Standing (LOPS) to QTS and you have been expecting to hear from QTS that they have heard from TRCN about you but no. Otherwise, such topic as this wouldn’t have caught your eyes—unless maybe you are you just got interested in the QTS programme and you are trying to gather information on what you should know. Either ways, this write-up is for you. If you have applied for your LOPS and you have waited for too long for it to be delivered to QTS and now you are anxious about your QTS validity period, or you have only applied to QTS and you just want to apply for your TRCN LOPS, or you have not even applied for anything at all but you want to know more about all that’s concerning QTS, TRCN and LOPS, you will get what’s useful for you somewhere along reading this epistle. So read along!

To start with, people who have applied for their LOPS from TRCN to be sent to QTS and it’s been months of waiting and not delivered yet, you must know that I am talking from TRCN Abuja (where LOPS’s are made) when I tell you it takes about eight weeks for LOPS to get attended to after the day you applied online by paying the #60,000 and sending your documents to The reason why it takes this long is because, more than ever, TRCN is having a burst in the number of people who patronize them for this or that document—especially the LOPS as a document, because so many Nigerians in UK are trying to get a teaching job there and so many Nigerians in Nigeria are trying to enter UK through the teaching profession, and going through the QTS becomes important to such people. Hence, TRCN cannot attend to everybody’s request all at once, which is why they attend to applications for LOPS according to the month it’s applied for. As at today August 28th 2023 when this write-up was published, TRCN is currently attending to LOPS applications made in June. When we were in July, they were attending to the applications made in May. When in June, they were attending to applications made in April. This means you need to count some eight weeks away from the day you applied for your LOPS to be sent to QTS and pick that as when to expect your LOPS to be delivered to QTS. So if you are anxious about your QTS expiry date right now, calm down, TRCN will send your LOPS before your QTS validity period is over.

If you have not applied for your LOPS but you want to know all you need to know before you can apply, the first thing for you to know is that QTS is like an evaluation body but for professional teachers; this is where your teacher documents including your LOPS would be sent to and everything evaluated and converted to the UK standard of being a professional teacher. You are going to have to apply to QTS and get a reference number for them to recognize you at all. After this is when you would apply to TRCN for your LOPS and pay the sum of #60,000 on Remita to this body. You would have to upload your documents to QTS and leave TRCN to send your LOPS to them. Please know that LOPS is like an official transcript TRCN uses to tell QTS that you have been a good professional teacher since you joined them, this means you must join TRCN first and also be an active member for you to qualify for the LOPS. How do you join TRCN? Write the TRCN Professional Qualification Exam and pass, then get your TRCN certificate. How do you continue being a member of the TRCN? Apply for the TRCN license after you have gotten the TRCN certificate and keep your annual dues paid up to date. How do you get the TRCN LOPS? Get your TRCN certificate, get your TRCN licence, apply to QTS and get your reference number, then apply to TRCN to send the LOPS to QTS. The implication of all these is that you cannot get the LOPS lest you have been inducted to the TRCN, you have been licensed and you are not owing the annual due. I am not sure of this, but I think TRCN has a provision for people who didn’t have a degree or diploma in Education but they need the TRCN certifications. All the best in your endeavours.

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Monday 21 August 2023


 Authentication of your Academic Document at the Ministry of Education

It is important you firstly know that authenticating your academic documents are the Ministry of Education (MOE) is different from notarizing your academic documents at a Notary Public; while this particular write-up discusses authenticating your academic documents at the MOE, you can go read on notarizing your transcript at a Notary Public here if that is what you are looking for. On this one write-up, I will be discussing the processes of having your academic documents authenticated by the MOE, the need for such authentication and the things you would need to do to have your document authenticated by the ministry.

The Nigerian Ministry of Education performs a few of the functions of an evaluation body by its act of interpreting documents like A/Level Cambridge results, and other academic documents that are of the motive of being used across two or more countries that include Nigeria. This function is what gets the MOE into having to authenticate other academic documents like transcripts and certificates from degree or diploma programmes done in Nigeria but need to be used in another country. This is why a lot of schools and employers abroad would ask you to authenticate your transcript or certificate before you can submit it to them; this is so that they know the true worth of your qualification and the authenticity of the qualification.

Usually, the ministry accepts just any transcript brought to them for authentication, but you and I know that is amateur of them as anyone could just produce a transcript by themself and the ministry would just go ahead and authenticate a fake transcript thereby making it a document that can be used at a lot of places. I don’t know if they have a better process for authenticating a transcript now, but I believe it should be that if you need your transcript authenticated by the Ministry of Education, it must be your school that sends your transcript directly to the ministry to ensure a good level of originality of the transcript. If the ministry would continue accepting transcripts from individuals, then they should have a means of verifying from the school if the transcript is genuine or not before going ahead to authenticate it. After all said, you must know what exactly they are asking from you where you need your transcript—whether they are asking you to authenticate your document or they are asking you to notarize it; the former is done by the ministry of Education while the latter is done by a Notary Public. Don’t end up processing one document while the other is what they are asking from you. If you want to know more about authenticating your documents at the Ministry of Education, you can contact us on +2348139534187 or

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New Conditions for Notarizing Your Transcript in Nigeria


New Conditions for Notarizing Your Transcript in Nigeria

Before we dive into discussing the new conditions for notarizing your transcript in Nigeria, we must firstly clear the popular confusion on mixing up authentication of transcript/certificate with notarization of transcript; please note that while authentication of transcript/certificate is done by the Ministry of Education, notarization of transcript is done by Notary Public (a.k.a Notary Club). Authenticating your transcript/certificate and notarizing your transcript have almost the same use, but which one of them you need to process depends on what the receiver is asking from you; make sure you are clear what you are asked for so you don’t end up doing the wrong document after time and money have been spent. This particular write-up will talk about notarizing your transcript, if what you want to read more about is authenticating your transcript/certificate, you should read the write-up that discusses that here.

Like earlier said, notarizing your transcript is done by a Notary Public; this is a process of legalizing your academic qualification, and it’s usually needed when you need to use the transcript to get a job or an admission outside of the country. The Notary Public is assuring the institution/organisation where you need the transcript that the document is a legit one. The need for notarized transcript went up in Nigeria as the “Japa” Syndrome became infectious and wide-spreading after COVID-19, now since there are more demands for notarization of documents there has to be new rules popping up every now and then so that the validity and credibility of the process of notarizing documents would remain intact or get stronger. Before, you could just take any transcript to the Notary Public and your notarization would be done for you in hours or a couple of days with no huddle at all. But now, Notary Public don’t take just any document anymore. For instance, they wouldn’t collect a photocopied or printed transcript from you, they need the original paper transcript issued by your school carrying the original signature and stamp of your school. So if you are about to apply for your transcript you want to notarize, do not apply for an electronic copy, rather apply for a paper copy because that is what you are taking to the Notary Public for notarization.

In the near future, I believe the Notary public would stop collecting unofficial transcripts (student copy), they would want the school to send the transcript to them directly (making it an official transcript), as this is the only means they can truly be assured that a transcript is genuine. But now that they are still collecting transcripts from individuals, just respect their new rules of making sure the transcript you are bringing is the original one as produced in paper form and stamped and signed by your school, not printed, not photocopied. If you need more information on where you can find a Notary Public and other things involved in getting your transcript notarized, you can contact us on +2348139534187 or; we are happy to help.

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Friday 18 August 2023


Important Information on OAU’s 2023/2024 UTME/DE Admissions

Like I always say, one of the core things that make a lot of OAU aspirants not get admitted is the lack of on-time and/or accurate information—even when they have everything qualifying them for the admission. What this means is that you can score high in the UTME, score high in the Post-UTME, have the best of O/Level results and still end up not getting admitted just because you missed a little detail somewhere. There was the time in OAU when not shading the four corners of your Post-UTME shading paper would get your answer sheet rejected automatically, thereby marking you as absent in the Post-UTME and automatically disqualifying you from being considered for an admission in OAU—even when you have high scores in the O/Levels and your UTME. There was also the time when writing Commerce in the UTME would get you shocked at the Post-UTME hall when you realize your Post-UTME question sheet doesn’t have Commerce and you must write the subjects you wrote in UTME; so automatically, just because you weren’t aware OAU doesn’t recognize Commerce for admission you would end up losing an admission you are qualified for. These instances I just mentioned have changed now, but there are always new instances that make people lose admission in OAU.

For the 2023/2024 admission session, I want to discuss one situation that would make so many OAU aspirants not get admitted this year even when their scores are good enough to qualify for a university admission. The Post-UTME is fast-approaching, in fact the registration for it is currently going on, but many people who have chosen OAU as their first choice and have scored at least 200 in the UTME as the school requires do not know that this year’s OAU admission race is not  the race to enter with the average points; this year’s admission race is strictly for people who have—as par what they have applied for—scored crazily high in their O/Levels, UTME, and consequently in their Post-UTME, or they have not scored really high but they know people. The reason for this is that OAU is only admitting 40% of their admission quota from the 2023/2024 applicants, they have admitted 60% of the quota from the 2022/2023 applicants. I hope you understand this is not me saying OAU is only admitting 40% of the 2023/2024 applicants? Because this is me actually saying OAU has their quota—as directed by NUC—which they should admit per one academic session, and because OAU needs to merge the 2022/2023 and the 2023/2024 applicants together in one academic session. Like I said, they have admitted 60% of the quota from the 2022/2023 admission session, and the 60% from 2022/2023 admission session and the 40% from the 2023/2024 admission session are to resume together in October 2023 for the 2023/2024 academic session. Are you seeing why the 2023/2024 admission selection process is going to be a war? You must score very high or have the longest legs to be part of the 40%.

Further explained, NUC has an admission quota for every university, this is so that universities don’t over admit students than they have resources for per academic session. I do not know the current quota for OAU, but I know there was when the quota was 7,500 but OAU defiantly admitted 9,000 or thereabouts. I also know there was when the quota was 11,000 but OAU defiantly admitted 16,000+ and NUC had to force them to reduce it to 14,000 thereabouts. So we all know OAU would disobey NUC again for this academic session. Let’s say NUC’s quota for OAU this academic session is 15,000 (just having the wildest assumption). Let’s also assume wildly that OAU wants admit the total of 20,000 applicants from the 2022/2023 admission session and the 2023/2024 admission session to resume for the 2023/2024 academic session, this would mean that OAU has admitted 60% (12,000) of 20,000 from the 2022/2023 applicants, and they are only admitting the remaining 40% (8,000) of the 20,000 from the thousands of the 2023/2024 applicants who have what it takes to be in the number; like I said, scoring high is not all that it would take, legs, slots would be among what it would. Hundreds of qualified people are still going to be screened out somehow. May whatever extra step you take to secure your admission favour you.

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Friday 11 August 2023


 Application for OAU Pre-Degree

For students who have passed their O/Level exam and they have 5 credits in the related subjects to their aspired discipline in the university, this is to inform you that OAU’s pre-degree entrance form is still open till 17th August, 2023; this is the date the first batch of screening would be done for those who have applied earlier on. I said first batch because after the entrance exam is done, OAU usually opens the form for sale again (with a little bit of increment in price sometimes) and then they conduct another screening on those who applied late. This usually is OAUCDL waiting for OAU to conduct their Post-UTME and release results first, so that Post-UTME candidates who didn’t do well in the Post-UTME and still want OAU can still apply for the pre-degree programme; sometimes the OAUCDL even wait for OAU to finish releasing admission list before they conduct their second entrance exam for those who may have lost the OAU admission for that year but they want to put in for the pre-degree. By the way, OAUCDL (OAU Centre for Distance Learning) is the unit of OAU that handles most, if not all, of the OAU programmes that are digitally taught, taught at centres far away from the school, taught on part-time bases, diploma issuing programmes and so on, so they are in charge of OAU’s pre-degree programme. If you want to apply for the pre-degree programme now, here is the form to fill CLICK HERE..

If you are interested in knowing more about OAU pre-degree programme, I’m pleased to tell you that this is the surest means of gaining admission to OAU; apart from the fact that for the two contacts (semesters) the programme would last for, you at the very entrance stage know the average score you need  to get at the end of the programme for you to be able to get your desired course, and if you can’t meet up with such score, you also know the exact score you have to get at the end of the programme so that you are qualified for any admission into the school—even if you would not be getting your desired course. Another reason why this programme is the surest path to gaining admission to OAU is because OAU has special preferences for their pre-degree and JUPEB candidates, so the percentage of admission slots they reserve for them is very high; rarely can you find anyone who did the OAU pre-degree or JUPEB programme and they didn’t end up getting admitted. It might not be to the programme they desire, but they mostly get admitted. If you are convinced now you want to take the programme, just go ahead and apply HERE. See you on campus when you pass the entrance screening.

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Tuesday 8 August 2023

Maybe It’s Professional Transcript you Need not Academic Transcript

 Maybe It’s Professional Transcript you Need not Academic Transcript

The thing about transcript is that most alumni don’t know the types of them we have; most alumni don’t even know what a transcript is until they need one. This makes it legit to assume that most alumni, when they need their transcript, don’t know which one they they—the academic transcript or the professional transcript; this write-up aims to differentiate between the two, so that you know exactly what you are looking for instead of looking for everything everywhere. First off, your academic transcript is provided by your school’s Transcript Department as authorized by your school’s Senate and in collaboration with your school’s Exams and Records. Academic transcripts can be official or unofficial; official transcripts are sent directly by the school to an establishment; unofficial transcripts are sent by the school to an individual (if an official transcript is received and opened by a body it wasn’t addressed to, it becomes unofficial to the body it was addressed to). Meanwhile a professional transcript is totally official, but half of it is prepared by the Transcript Department in collaboration with the Exams and Records as authorized by the Senate, and the other half of it is prepared by your department.

The first half of a professional transcript is your academic transcript; it contains reports on your programme, its duration, your biodata, the courses you took, their outlines, their units, the grades you had in them, and any official thing that you did and any official thing that happened to you during your programme; this part is sent to your department by the Transcript Department. You department is then obliged to add the second half to it which would make it a professional transcript; the things to add to it by your department include: the range of courses you had to choose from, their outlines, their units, their teaching duration, measurable expectations of each of the courses and their outlines, what you are capable of at the fulfilment of all the requirements of your programme. Your department then sends this document directly to the institution where you need it (this is what makes it official), or if another body is receiving it first they must not open it before it gets to the institution it’s addressed to. A professional transcript is usually needed by graduates of professional courses like: Medicine and Surgery, Nursing, Medical Rehabilitation, Pharmacy, etc. A professional transcript is rarely needed by graduates from other disciplines; the academic transcript coupled with the departmental handbook or manual is okay with most programmes.

So if your programme is professional and you need your transcript at a professional body (especially abroad and for immigration purposes via work), it is most likely what they need from you is a professional transcript. To save you of money and time, just talk to an educational consultant or your emigration agent before requesting for your transcript, by this you would know exactly what you are doing and how best to go about it. You can talk to us via or +2348139534187 for advice or help on getting any of the documents discussed above.

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Friday 28 July 2023

Getting Your TRCN Professional Certification or/and Letter of Professional Standing for Your QTS Evaluation [TAGS: TRCN, QTS, UK, NIGERIA, TRCN PQE, TRCN PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE, TRCN LETTER OF PROFESSIONAL STANDING]

Getting Your TRCN Professional Certification or/and Letter of Professional Standing for Your QTS Evaluation

To save you of some reading time, this write-up will talk about:

1. Nigerians abroad who need their TRCN Professional Certification and how they can go about applying for the TRCN Professional Qualification Exam (PQE), how they will write the exam, how they will check their results, how they will apply for their certificate, and how they will get the professional certificate. Nigerians in Nigeria who need same will also get insights from this section.

2. Nigerians abroad who want to get their TRCN Letter of Professional Standing, how they can go about the application, the difference between TRCN Professional Certificate and TRCN Letter of Professional Standing, how you can get a TRCN Letter of Professional Standing sent to an evaluation body for you, and so on.  Nigerians in Nigeria who need same will also get insights from this section.

For Nigerians abroad who want to get their TRCN Professional Certification evaluated or want to use it for other purposes abroad, TRCN has finally realized that not everybody would be able to write the Professional Qualification Exam (PQE) in Nigeria, and there are teachers abroad who need this certification as well; it is good that they have created an opportunity for Nigerians in diaspora to write the PQE and get certified just like their counterparts who write theirs in Nigeria. The only difference is that while Nigerians in Nigeria write theirs together online at a designated centre in Nigeria and the exam is written two times every year, Nigerians abroad get to write theirs individually online from abroad and the exam is written every month. The only bad side of this is that both candidates in Nigeria and candidates in the diaspora will have to apply in person (TRCN is yet to have a public online platform to apply for the exam, so application is still done on papers). The implication of this is that if you are abroad and your need the TRCN Professional Certificate, you would need somebody to help you do the application in Nigeria and also help you submit all the necessary documents, then you go ahead and write your exam from your abroad.

The results for diaspora candidates is made ready in shorter period than the results of candidates who wrote theirs in Nigeria, also, you would still need somebody to go to their office to check if you passed the exam or not (I do not think they have online communication of results yet). After you have seen that you passed the exam, you then can apply for the certificate (you need somebody to help you make this application at their office as well, as this process is physical too), your certificate should be ready for pick up by one month thereabouts. Your person can courier it to you or scan and send the soft copy to you so you can use it for what you need it for abroad. I believe in the nearest future, TRCN will realize that the application for this exam, the result checking, the application for the certificate and the sending of the certificate to diaspora candidates (especially) need to be 100% online as soon as possible, as the need for this certification is on the rise than ever—especially amongst diaspora Nigerian teachers. But before they make such online service available, please be informed that we can help you do all that’s involved in applying for the exam, checking your result after writing the exam, applying for the certificate, collecting the certificate and couriering or scanning it to you, just go ahead and fill this form here and make the payment stated on the form, we will take it from there and you will have nothing to stress over. You can contact us on +2348139534187 or for more details.

For Nigerians abroad who need a TRCN Letter of Professional Standing at an evaluation body (in this case, Nigerians in UK will be used as point of discussion and QTS will be the evaluation body to discuss as where they need the document). It must firstly be stated that TRCN Letter of Processional Standing (LOPS) is not the same as TRCN Professional Certificate; while the certificate is like the certificate you got when you graduated from your school, the LOPS is like the transcript your school provides to report everything about you and your programme. Further explained, your TRCN Professional Certificate is your evidence that you are a professional teacher and you have been registered with the teaching professional body in Nigeria; meanwhile your TRCN Letter of Processional Standing is a detailed report on your registration with TRCN, how you qualified for the registration, when you got registered, the field and class you are qualified to teach, and whether or not you have been a good member of the professional body since you joined it, etc. I hope this is understood.

Moving forward, it must also be stated that while your TRCN Professional Certificate is yours to keep, the TRCN Letter of Processional Standing is an official document exchanged between TRCN and the institution/organisation you need it at; it can only be sent to your receiver by TRCN, yours is to apply for it and apply appropriately. You must also know that before you can be qualified to get a TRCN Letter of Processional Standing, you must have been a certified member of the professional body; that is, you must have gotten your TRCN Professional Certificate. You cannot get a Letter of Processional Standing from TRCN lest you have already written and passed the TRCN PQE and you have been certified accordingly. Slimming this explanation down to teachers in the UK needing to send their TRCN Letter of Processional Standing to QTS for evaluation, you must firstly apply for the evaluation with QTS, they will give you a reference number, after which you can then apply for your TRCN Letter of Processional Standing at TRCN via this email address TRCN would charge you #60,000 thereabouts for this, and they will need your QTS reference number. TRCN would send the Letter of Processional Standing directly to QTS via this email address Do not apply for the Letter of Processional Standing lest you have applied at QTS. Also, TRCN only provide Letter of Professional Standing for teachers who are certified with the TRCN Professional Certificate. You can contact us on +2348139534187 or for more details on this.

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Thursday 6 July 2023

Why You Are Having Problems on Collecting your Certificate in UI and the Solution

 Why You Are Having Problems on Collecting your Certificate in UI and the Solution

It is not funny at all that when alumni are ready to collect their certificates from UI is when a lot of them find out that, for some weird reasons, the school is unable to provide the certificate immediately. We understand that our Nigerians schools have made it legit that your certificate cannot be ready upon graduation, as you would have to wait for at least one year before your certificate is produced, but what is difficult to understand is the school, after one or two years or even more, telling you that your certificate was “omitted” or was not printed. Even if schools cannot have your certificate ready as you graduate, at the very least when you come back some years later for it, there should be no reason at all why you cannot have your certificate—considering that they issued you a Statement of Results (“To Whom”) upon graduation. It should be that if you are able to get a Statement of Results that means you have fulfilled everything needed for your certificate to be produced and for you to be able to get your certificate when it’s produced. It is shameful to come back to your school two or three years after graduation to collect your certificate and they are telling you your certificate was “omitted” or not printed, and that you would have to do this and that and submit this document and that document before your certificate would be processed for printing (which would take several months).

Another bad case with collecting certificates is that some schools are of the habit of insisting that only the owner of the certificate can come collect it; I understand that security is the reason behind this (not wanting to give somebody’s certificate to a wrong person), but I believe there are means to make sure the owner of the certificate is aware of the person who wants to collect the certificate for them and they authorize such activity. Considering that certificates are not produced and given upon graduation, and it takes at least one year for certificates to be ready for collection. Considering that most graduates move far away from their school after graduation, it is ridiculous of any school to then insist that the certificate can only be collected by the owner—a person who have moved abroad and has no plan coming to Nigeria again may never be able to get their certificate.

Going back to UI and the unnecessary problems they create for alumni on collecting their certificate, the image below (as drafted by the school) states a few of the things you should do to get your certificate if you have found out that it wasn’t printed or it was “omitted”. I hope you are able to push this through or you find people who are willing to help you through the long journey. Be informed that all the documents listed on this postal must be provided before your cerficate can be processed (even when most people dont have the one on Number 3).

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Thursday 25 May 2023

Solutions to Date of Birth Discrepancies on Your OAU or UI Transcript [TAGS: NAIRALAND, TRANSCRIPT, DATE OF BIRTH, OAU, UI]

Solutions to Date of Birth Discrepancies on Your OAU or UI Transcript

If not the biggest problem amongst alumni of Nigerian schools then it would be the second biggest; a large percentage of our alumni have issues with the date of birth their school leave on their transcript. This problem emanates from the Nigerian culture of needing to claim a younger age because of the labour market or NYSC, or the need to avoid early retirement, and other reasons like age insecurities and carelessness when seeking admission or while fulfilling some school documentation. These are mostly the reasons why alumni would leave one date of birth with WAEC, leave another date of birth with JAMB, leave another one with their school, leave another one with NIMC, and leave another one with Immigration. Often, all these come back to cause troubles for the person when one of these offices need multiple of their documents. This is why, in relation to transcript, this is one of the problems that often pop up; more like everyone has different date of birth on their transcript from the one they have on their NIN and international passport.

You must know that avoiding this date of birth problem in the first place is the best option. So if you are still in school, you came across this epistle somehow, and you think the date of birth you gave your school when you entered is not the one you want to claim officially, or you know you have dates of birth on your national and international documents different from the one you gave your school, my advice is to go to your Admissions Office, Exams and Records or whatever office is designated to keeping such record and change the date of birth to the correct one before you graduate; after graduating, the date of birth is there to stay forever. Schools don't change dates of birth after graduation; once you graduate, your file is sealed, and no document in it can be removed, edited or changed; things can only be added to the file not removed. There would be processes to changing your date of birth while you are in school, but I am sure it wouldn’t be as rigorous as when you have graduated. So if you are an undergraduate and you know the date of birth you have with your school is not the one you want, just go ahead and make the moves to change it now before graduating.

Having different dates of birth on your transcript and other documents becomes a problem when it's found out that schools don’t change dates of birth on transcripts; the date of birth on a transcript is the date of birth the alumni left with their school when doing their documents screening in their freshman year or final year, and because they have graduated their file has been sealed (nothing in the file can be edited, canceled or removed; things can only be added to the file). Your school would only use the date of birth you submitted to them before you graduated, nothing would make them change it. But how do the affected people solve this problem? There are three possible solutions to this problem (but the third is always the best, easiest and the total eliminator of the problem; we just might have this solution for you +2348139534187). I will discuss them all below.

The first, this involves taking the court channel to provide some legal documents. This would need a lot of processes, and it's time-consuming. The fair warning to this is that it doesn't result to your school changing the date of birth on your transcript, it only compels them to explain your date of birth situation to any institution asking them for such information. If this option is what you want to settle for, just go to a high court and swear an Age Declaration to your preferred date of birth (if you already have one or a birth certificate then no need to swear an Age Declaration). Also produce a court affidavit addressed to the Registrar of your school's Exams and Records; it would state that you have realized that the date of birth you left with your school which reflects on your transcript is incorrect, you would state your prefered date of birth (as it is on your attached birth certificate or Age Declaration) and compel the Exams and Records to always let any institution asking them to verify your date of birth know that the date of birth on your birth certificate/Age Declaration is your correct date of birth not the one on your transcript. You would take this affidavit and birth certificate/Age Declaration to your school so that they can add it to your file. Now, this doesn’t mean this would make your school change your date of birth you originally have with them, it only means that anytime any institution/organisation having your transcript asks your school to verify your date of birth because they have different dates of birth on your documents, your school would be able to verify that they are aware you have this date of birth discrepancies, and you have sworn by the law of the land that the one you left with them when you were admitted is the wrong one while the one in the birth certificate or Age Declaration you submitted to them is the preferred one. It is important to state again that if you already have a birth certificate or Age Declaration that carries your preferred date of birth, you do not need to produce another one, you just go ahead and produce the affidavit that would be addressed to your school. 

The second, this would be you doing date of birth correction at NIMC, then you go do same at Immigration, and every other institution where you need the date of birth to match the one on your transcript. But this is almost impossible because it takes forever and also consumes money too much; it's not impossible though. 

The third, as I have said, although very expensive too, but this is the best option, as it eradicates the problem like it was never there (if you know what I mean). It's also very classified, so it cannot be discussed more than this on here, so give a call +2348139534187. Wishing you success in any of these three options that you choose.

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Wednesday 24 May 2023

How to Get your Matric Number in OAU and UI if You Have Forgotten It [NAIRALAND, UI, OAU, MATRIC NUMBER, TRANSCRIPT ]

How to Get your Matric Number in OAU and UI if You Have Forgotten It

From experience, it is difficult for any staff of OAU and UI to understand that it is possible for a graduate to forget their matric number or have no document that would remind them of their matric number, and this alone makes it difficult for you to get help from them if you can’t remember your matric number and you need help from them; they all say the same thing: “how can someone forget their matric number?”, “I graduate from this same school decades ago and I still remember my matric number”, these are the things they all say before they tell you something that would make you realize they are not willing to help you find your matric number. But you and I, we both know there are so many situations that could warrant you not remembering your matric number: it has been decades since you graduated and you have not had anything to do with the matric number since then; you are likely to have forgotten it unless you have a certain document that carries your matric number which always reminds you of it or you are still in school studying and your matric number is always coming up somehow. But if you have had nothing doing with the matric number in years, it’s just likely you have forgotten it, and that shouldn’t be a problem to retrieve—unless, as expected, our schools make it difficult for you to retrieve because of the staff’s personal beliefs.

The funniest thing about not having your matric number is that you’d need it eventually; you cannot request for your transcript lest you have a matric number, and everyone seems to need their transcript nowadays. So if you are a graduate of either of OAU and UI and you need to request for your transcript and you can’t find your matric number, and you are trying to find it at your school, I have a fact for you, and it’s that you can’t have the time to do it by yourself and on your own the things your school would put you through to get your matric number; the Exams and Records would push you to your department, your department would push you to the Record Officer at Exams and Records and so on till you get tired and give up. I assure you, it’s easier to get your matric number from the schools’ utilities like library, health centre, hostel and so on than it is to get it from either of your department and the Exams and Records. Just get help on this thing, there is no way you know more helpful people and the right paths than people who do this for a living; that’s the simple truth.

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Friday 19 May 2023

Permanent Solutions to Transcript Issues in Nigerian Schools [TAGS: NAIRALAND, OAU, UI, TRANSCRIPT, NOUN]

Permanent Solutions to Transcript Issues in Nigerian Schools

In Nigeria today, when we talk about on-time and stress-free transcript production services, we can vouch for only two or three schools (UNILORIN and FUTA being two of them). Please when I talk about on-time and stress-free I’m not judging that with the fast and easy experience that those two people in a group of twenty people have and they use that to argue that transcript production in their schools is not as terrible as they say it is, I’m talking about the experiences of the eighteen of the twenty people—this is the real metric for measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the transcript services of any school, not the experience of the fewest people possible. There are schools that are popularly commended for their good transcript services, so we all know they are getting this thing right (according to public comments, FUTA, UNILORIN and COVENANT deliver between one day to two weeks, so they fall on this group). There are schools that are just somewhere in between being terrible and being among the schools that are doing well (according to public comments, UNILAG, FUNAAB, UNIBEN, NOUN; they deliver between two weeks and never, so they fall on this group). There are also schools that are just popularly terrible (according to public comments, LASU, UI, OAU; they deliver between a couple of months and never, so they fall on this group). The worst part of it is that these terrible-doing schools also lack proper communication; if as an alumnus I requested for my transcript and for one problem or the other the delivery of my transcript would be delayed or would never happen, the department working on it should be able to communicate with me and let me know what the problem is, but unfortunately, I am just likely to sit somewhere thinking my transcript production is ongoing and it would be delivered sooner or later even when no one is doing anything on it. This right here is what worsens the experience.

I know every of these schools have their reasons for their terrible transcript production services and they will always try to justify the failure with inadequate resources and so on, they would be right, but we also know there is none of the problems affecting transcript production in Nigeria that cannot be improvised on or improved upon and get the best results from. From experiences garnered from working on transcripts at different schools, I know what most of the problems are, and here are the things I think the schools can do to grow faster towards same-day delivery of transcripts:

Problem 1: Record is the major reason why transcript delivery cannot be fast, it’s also the reason why some people will never be able to get their transcripts produced if they don’t apply some extreme pressure. Our schools have been paper-based for decades, even when the rest of the world is already done moving from paper to electronic we are still encouraging paper records. We are pretending to be digital but we are still very much paper-based in all of our processes, only our banking sector is, to a large extent, digital; especially with the evolution of FinTechs we have now, the banks are compelled towards the race to get more digital. In the next ten years Nigerians would not have to enter a banking facility anymore, everything would be doable online. Apart from the banking sector, other sectors are just pretending to be digital, they are still very much paper. The immigration offices claim they have gone digital in processing passports but after paying online you would still need to go fill the forms you filled online at their office, and you would need to carry your files from here to there and also make several photocopies. In fact the staff and agents at their offices make you realize you should not apply online. The education sector is the worst, the things you do online you would still have to go to school to do them on papers; this tarnishes the major idea behind going digital. Discussing this as the major problem behind delayed transcript production, our schools still have most of their results on papers (only), and you will have to find these papers before a transcript can be produced.

Solution to Problem 1: Let every school divide their transcript departments into five units:

Unit 1: would take every transcript request and arrange them into three groups:

Group One: requests from alumni who recently graduated and their results can be easily found on the electronic database;

Group Two: requests from alumni who graduated a while ago, their results are not on the electronic database but can be easily found on papers;

Group Three: requests from alumni who graduated decades ago, their records are only on papers, and finding their records would be difficult. This group should also include requests from alumni with other cases that can make producing transcript for them impossible.

Transcript requests from each of the three groups can only queue behind requests from the same group, so the general queue system must be abolished for the group queue system.

Unit 2: would be in charge of uploading every record on papers to an electronic storage system; this would be their only job until there is nothing that’s on paper that’s not also on multiple electronic databases that can be accessed for transcript production. After all old records on papers are now on electronic storage, this unit may remain with this function so no future records are limited to being on papers.

Unit 3: would be in charge of the transcript requests that fall into Group One. For this group, same-day delivery and same-week delivery would be possible. They would be the group that talk good about their school’s transcript production system because they have the good experience when they request for their transcripts. While the overhauling of the system is being done underground, the alumni with this experience would be out there repairing the image of their school’s transcript department.

Unit 4: would be in charge of the transcript requests that fall into Group Two. They would take requests having the features of this group and go access the electronic database first if Unit 2 has uploaded the records needed for it to the database, if yes they would produce the transcript from the database, if no they would go towards the paper records immediately. This cycle and unit would remain till Unit 2 is done uploading all old records on papers to the electronic storages in use.

Unit 5: would be in charge of the transcript requests that fall into Group Three. Their job is to dig the records of these alumni that have graduated decades ago and produce their transcripts and to solve problems that could delay jobs from units 3 and 4.

Problem 2: Problem of inadequate resources. The schools always argue that short-staffing, inadequate funding and so on are the reasons why they can’t execute the plans they have to better their transcript production services, and this is obvious when you go to the transcript department of any school.

Solution to Problem 2: To implement even the Solution to Problem 1above to its best, more resources would be needed than the transcript departments have now, we know this. We also know that the transcript departments are currently one of the highest revenue-generating departments in our schools, so it means the department should be able to fund itself if resources were properly allocated. But as we are not likely to get the proper resource-allocation, then we can improvise strategically unlike the unproductive “improvising” everyone claims they have been doing. Units 1 to 5 described above can effectively be run by 20 people in total; each unit must have the administrator/authority—who approves transcripts produced or records uploaded online, and they can also be the one who communicates with clients for inquiries, updates and so on. At least one person is needed for typing/downloading of transcripts/results. One or two persons running errands to solve problems of the cases falling on Groups Two and Three. This would be human resources purposely and well allocated, and the outcome would be better than what we have now.

Problem 3: Our schools all lack the will to communicate with their alumni, especially when it comes to transcript requests and production you don’t hear anything from your school again just after you have made the payment for the request. The schools let you believe since you have paid the production of your transcript is ongoing—this is mostly a lie and it’s dangerous to just leave everything and start expecting the delivery of your transcript.

Workable Solution to Problem 3: Units Three, Four and Five described above as part of the transcript department should have someone who communicates with the clients to update them on the progress of their transcript and to get needed information from them when necessary. By doing this, not only have the transcript departments settled a lot of fears their client may have, but they also help the vulnerable ones to not fall into the hands of scammers. Communicating with an alumnus who is waiting for the delivery of their transcript can ease so much tension and solve a lot of problems.

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Wednesday 17 May 2023

If You Don’t Have Your Matric Number But You Need Your OAU or UI Transcript [NAIRALAND, GOOGLE, TRANSCRIPT, OAU, UI, MATRIC NUMBER]

 If You Don’t Have Your Matric Number But You Need Your OAU or UI Transcript

You graduated decades ago and you still have or you still know your matric number, it must mean you still have in your care one or two documents carrying the matric number or you are still around academics where your matric number is needed every other year so you are often reminded of it. But in other case which is often the case of people who graduated long ago and they have nothing reminding them of their matric number, it must mean you forgetting your matric number is sure. To me, this is understandable; when you don’t use your matric number or nothing reminds you of it, you forget it. The problem now is when you need to request for your transcript, how possible is that without your matric number? The answer is no! You cannot be able to request for your transcript without your matric number. You will not even be able to create an account on the transcript processing system without your matric number. Now how do you solve this problem? I like to say it’s simple but it’s not—especially if your school is either of OAU and UI and you have graduated long ago. Why is it not simple? Stay with me.

The Exams and Records is the unit saddled with providing and keeping such information as matric number, but this unit would insist they can only trace files with matric numbers, because that’s the only thing peculiar to each student, any other means of sorting files are not peculiar to anyone. So to avoid identity mistakes and to avoid having to go through thousands of files to find just one file, the Exams and Records would only search for files using the matric number. So if you can’t provide your matric number, the Exams and Records is the most hopeless unit to look up to… you can’t get it there. The next unit that should be able to provide your forgotten matric number for you is your department; at least they must have records they can look up using your name and the record would carry your matric number alongside your name. But you know what? Departments have their own beliefs too, like the Exams and Records, the departments believe any multiple people can have the same means of identification but only one student can have one matric number, so they only look for files with matric numbers. If you go to your department trying to have them look for your file so you can get your matric number from your file, they would ask for your matric number so they can be able to help you find your matric number. The meaning of this is that, they would turn you down either immediately or eventually.

So from my experience with looking for matric numbers in UI and OAU, you definitely are not going to get it from the Exams and Records (unless you are willing to “die there”), neither would you get it from your department. If the Exams and Records want to find it for you it would involve you writing a lot of letters to the Registrar, going down to the school several times and having to wait for several months before hearing from them. For the department, don’t even make any effort towards that line, they can’t help. I have experienced that, although with a lot of backdoor arrangements, it is easier to get your forgotten matric number from the school’s library, hostel and clinic than it is to get it from either of the Exams and Records and department. So if you want to request for your transcript and you are unable to move forward on that because you don’t have your matric number, I’d advise you to move towards the school’s utilities rather than looking towards the Exams and Records or department. This sounds like I’m exaggerating on this matter, but I’m not; it’s probably awful than I just described it.

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