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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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