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Monday, 20 Feb 2017 10:08 EATdmutua@kenyafreepress.com
Journalism students from Multimedia University have expressed outrage at the 'crimes against the English language' committed by a senior administrator at the college in a memo that went viral on social media. The memo by Registrar of Academic Affairs Joash K. Mulabe, a PhD holder, contains grammatical mistakes that the scholars say call for his removal from the position.
The memo meant to inform the students of the college, which was recently closed following student riots, to report back to campus for the resumption of classes. "In one paragraph, the registrar made more errors than many of my classmates make in a term paper", one of the students claimed in a WhatsApp group, with a tinge of hyperbole. Professors at the institution have also poked fun at their colleague.
The very subject of the memo read: “Resumption of Academic Learning for Semester 2 2016/2017”. Did the administrator mean to say that learning stopped once the campus was closed? Definitely not the case. What stopped was teaching. Secondly, students are always in different semesters since the university has two intakes in the May or September intake. He could simply written, “Resumption of Academic programmes for students in the 2016/2017 academic year.”
At the beginning of the memo, he wrote that “This is to inform all students that the following the senate meeting….,” a jumbled up phrase that conveyed no message. He most likely had meant to write “This is to inform all students that following the senate meeting…..”
The Registrar continued, “It was resolved that all academic learning would be resumed in the coming week…..” when he could simply should have written, “It has been resolved that all academic programmes will resume in the coming week…”
On his last sentence of the memo, he concluded wrongly that, “All students are therefore been called to resume to school so that academic learning can resume effectively.” The officer could have written that all students “are asked” or “are required” to report back to college as academic programmes will commence immediately.”
Outside the college, Dr Mulabe’s memo has been shared widely on social media with many Kenyans expressing shock about how an academic registrar from one of Kenya’s leading institutions for the study of communication can append his signature to such a draft without noting the mistakes.
"How sure can the public be that such a senior administrator acquired his certificates in the right manner? From which training institution did this registrar graduate," one commenter wrote on Facebook.
Needless to add, the registrar has invited scrutiny into his qualifications at a time when Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has launched war on the well-recognised rot in Kenya’s universities.