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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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Monday 15 May 2023

When is OAU Post-UTME?

 When is OAU Post-UTME?

One of the most asked questions amongst OAU UTME and DE aspirants at this time is the question of when OAU is going to be conducting their Post-UTME screening. This is because the competition is obviously high as usual, and lagging behind could make anyone miss their chances of getting admitted. People who are not used to OAU and people who don’t have anyone around OAU to give them the vital information needed may be found lagging behind in one way or the other; people like this could be learning about the Post-UTME just when it’s one week to the exam or even when they have already written the exam. People like this may not know there is a Post-UTME study pack they are supposed to buy and use to prepare for the exam, if they know about this pack they may not know where to get one. Some people would write the exam, go home and not hear anything again until all admission processes are over; they would come to school much later only to see “ADMISSION IS OVER” on every door. All these can be caused by lack of information, late information or misinformation. This is why as early as after UTME results are out, every serious OAU aspirants and their parents would already be on the lookout for every information and connection they may need.

As for the Post-UTME date, OAU does not have a fixed date for the Post-UTME, when they conduct the screening is dependent on a lot of factors one of them being how close we are to the session the applicants would be resuming when admitted; the school would not want the gap between admission and resumption to be too long. The school is currently on the Rain (Second) Semester, and according to the school’s revised calendar, the semester—which is the last semester of the session—would be ending on 20th of August, 2023. Resumption for a new session would be around October or November for the returning students, and around September or October for fresh students. The implication of this is that OAU must start selling their Post-UTME form in June or July so that they are able to write the exam by July or August ending latest. It is safe to start studying for the exam now if you have not started already, because OAU would announce registration for the exam and the exam date and so many people would be caught unprepared. Also, it is not too early to start looking for the slot you would need to get your admission; waiting for when Post-UTME results are released before trying to get a slot is the most dangerous waiting you can ever do, chances are high you will not find anyone to help you on this. By the time the Post-UTME results are released, everyone is now on the rush looking for help up and down, and by then the early birds would have gotten all the slots available; you would only get a slot after Post-UTME results are released if the person they initially used the slot for didn’t past the Post-UTME so they want to use it for another person, apart from this case, no staff would have a slot left after Post-UTME results are released. 

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Thursday 11 May 2023

Secrets Behind Admission Processing to Competitive Departments in OAU [NAIRALAND, OAU, ADMISSION, POST-UTME, POST JAMB ]

Secrets Behind Admission Processing to Competitive Departments in OAU

I must clearly state that this write-up does not intend to argue that OAU’s admission processes are not merit-based, neither is it saying someone who scores what they need to score in the screenings would not get their admission easily; all I am trying to do with this write-up is to point out that there are always many candidates who would have high scores in all the screenings and still end up not getting admitted—especially the candidates aspiring the highly competitive courses like: Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, Med. Rehab., Law, Accounting and Computer Science. Candidates aspiring these courses are always too much that even after the departmental cut-offs are released the qualified candidates would still be more than what the departments can admit; it becomes a race of who knows who.

To also consider the fact that OAU gives special preference to their Pre-degree and their JUPEB candidates than the UTME candidates, it reduces the available spaces that the qualified UTME candidates would have to compete for. In the end, the reality is that only a tiny percentage of UTME candidates who score high in the screenings can go home and rest without doing any extra thing and their admission would be given to them as easy as that—high score is not the total guaranty of admission in OAU, the school is too competitive than that. Also, high score is not the total guarantee that a candidate of any of the highly competitive departments is assured to be admitted—there are too much underground things happening around these departments’ admission processes that someone who has the cut-off and just leaves everything to OAU might just end up having to write UTME again, or at best they just get another course that’s not what they want.

If you or your child is trying to get into any of these highly competitive departments (Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, Med. Rehab., Law, Accounting and Computer Science), even if the candidate has gotten everything that qualifies them to merit the admission, my sincere advice (from experiences) is that you go all out, connect with resourceful people, make bold moves that would stand you apart from most of other candidates who also qualify to have what you are trying to have. All these is so that even when powerful people start doing things powerful people do to get what they want by all means, your chances of getting what you deserve is not pushed under the table. You cannot be aspiring any of these competitive departments (that rich people’s children and extremely intelligent people aspire) and leave your hope to just your high score, you would be surprised the number of people who have high scores and still get disappointed per year. Open your eyes, open your ears, connect and use your connections to seal what you want. Good luck.

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Tuesday 9 May 2023


 Admission Processing to OAU: What’s it going to Look like this Year?

One of the costliest mistakes any applicant or their parents can make is to assume that OAU has a fixed model for their admission processing. I don’t know much about other schools, but as much as I know, OAU does not and in fact cannot have a specific way to determine who and who get admitted and with what requirements; these change per admission year. There are events every  year that have direct effects on the processes of admission, the problems these effects always cause is that most applicants are not carried along on the changes they cause on the admission processes, which often make then lose the chance of getting admitted. For instance, the COVID-19 events have how they affected admission processes in 2020 and in 2021; I know that all the admission lists firstly compiled in 2020/2021 session were abandoned and they had to compile another list thereby affecting some applicants (five amongst my candidates were admitted on the initial lists but unfortunately the new lists didn’t carry their names, we had to process state schools for them afterwards). The long ASUU strike of 2022 also has how it affected admission processes in 2022. 2023 would definitely has its own peculiar case as well.

If there are schools at all where you can pass the screenings and just go relax at home waiting for admission, OAU is certainly not one of those schools. This is not to say the admission processes are not credible enough or merit-based, but don’t be too trusting in any government institution that you don’t assume there are always human forces moving special files around so that they can get special attentions; these things happen everywhere and on everything—OAU’s admission processes not exempted. OAU is a very competitive school, it’s at least 100,000 of applicants per year trying to get in and only about 10,000 to 15,000 of them get admitted eventually. The rest are either screened out by exams or screened out by lack of information, misinformation or inactions if they passed all the exams and have the departmental cut-off. This year’s admission would not be any less competitive. The highly competitive departments like Medicine and Surgery, Nursing, Pharmacy, Law, Accounting, and Computer Science would not be any less competitive too. In fact, it would be said again that what determines who gets what is determined by merit, but we all know this system is not that merit-based; there would be candidates who have all the scores and documents and should merit the admission but they would not get admitted, meanwhile there would be candidates who would score 10 to 20 marks below the cut-off and still somehow get admitted, that’s the power of slots (if you know, you know). I am not allowed to discuss this beyond this level. If you need more information or help on matters relating to this topic, you can reach on +2348139534187 or

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