OAU, UI Cancellation of Sessions, Meaning and Implications

 
Many students, especially aspirants are still puzzled after OAU's release of the Resumption of academic activities circular yesterday, which confirms the cancellation of the 2020/2021 session. Also, some students might have not grabbed the meaning of the University of Ibadan's cancellation of the 2019/2020 session.

We've received many questions on aspirants whether they will still be offered admission or even write post UTME for both Institutions. This article will give a detailed analysis of what the situation was. It is then worthy of note, that this article only expresses the opinion of the writer and not of the institution as the institution has not given any explicit explanation on this matter yet.

Cancellation of a session is actually not a new case, it happened in BUK also, this happens when almost a session has been wasted and the institution tries to balance the calendar. In the case of OAU, the current session is 2019/2020 session, it started February, 2020 while its admission processes started in 2019. The session had barely started when COVID-19 and ASUU strike came in. So what’s up? The Senate then approved the continuation of this 2019/2020 session (but we are in 2021, it’s not balanced), and this session will run for around 9 months.

When this session ends, we supposed to call the next session which will likely start around November 2020/2021 session, which in reality the session will span into 2022.

So, instead of saying the next session is 2020/2021, it’ll now be called 2021/2022 session. Why? Because the session will start in 2021 amd end in 2022.

In the case of UI, the current session is 2018/2019 session. The session was almost completed before the COVID 19 pandemic and 9months ASUU strike. So what’s up? The Senate then approved the continuation of this 2018/2019 session for January 18th (but we are in 2021, it’s not balanced), and this session will run for around 3weeks. Resumption for 2020/2021 instead of 2019/2020 session is now February 20th. The sessions were just renamed and academic activities will proceed smoothly.


Will there still be Post UTME this year?

Yes, there will be Post UTME, the date will be announced soon and there will be admissions too. There are strong indications that the University of Ibadan will have a Computer Based Test (CBT) for its Post UTME candidates.

When will those who are about to write post UTME resume?

OAU: It’s very easy to calculate. We are in January, a session will run for 9 months and there will be vacation too, so, by estimate, they are likely to resume this November, 2021 ceteris paribus and because they resumed in 2021, they won’t be called 2020/2021 students but 2021/2022 students. So, in essence, the cancellation is just by the name of the session, it doesn’t affect admissions. Also, OAU Portal is still open which means you can still Apply for Post UTME, Change Course or JAMB Portal or Change your Institution to OAU. You can consult us for any of these services.

UI: Resumption is January 10th, 2022 if all things go smoothly. UI has closed the portal for Post UTME registration.

How does this affect 2021 UTME Candidates?

Unless stated otherwise, OAU will be available for this year UTME, and the students will be referred to as 2022/2023 session students because they’ll resume in 2022. If the school won’t be available, it’ll be made known, we don’t need assumptions yet.

There are strong indications that the University of Ibadan will NOT be listed among Universities offering Admission this year. 

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