is Anyone Out There ~ By AGWATA Linus

From the onset, it is not the writers intention to name names as far as the School of Arts and Social Sciences provision is concerned, rather it is to bring to the fore an urgent situation that calls for immediate attention from anyone of you out there. This may sound as sharp criticism levelled against the entire faculty, but it is not in any way a blanket condemnation; careful scrutiny reveals that the real devil is in the details.
Right from the apex, the trend reveals a deep belief and practice in bureaucratic tendencies and the red tapes that accrue from it. For a long time, the Dean’s Office, not referring to any specific personality, has been known to refer complainants that squarely lie under its mandate to either authorities below it (departments, lecturers and the class representatives) or those that are above it (the administration-whoever this might be).
I have deep respect for protocol, procedures and the chain of command. I try as much as possible not to skip any staircase, in the hierarchies of the authority; however when the conditions necessitate the highest authority in any organization must be ready to take any moral as well political responsibilities for the failures of their juniors.
Does anyone share these experiences with me? Do you ever take your complaints to a class representative and ask you what you have done about it? Or to a lecturer and they refer you to the class representative? Worse still, to your respective department and asked to iron it out with your course instructor? To crown it all, the Dean’s Office and you get a non chalet and condescending attitude of being a rebel without cause who has no respect for protocol? Do these questions linger in any one’s mind or do they sound like long and convoluted arguments meant to stir a calm sea?
Enough of the questions in as much as questions sometimes tell more than answers do lest this become a monologue – a dialogue of the deaf. I would like to focus my attention on the most pathetic scenario, the finance department.
Who has ever queued for three consecutive hours outside the finance office on a drizzling day, not at the door but at the infamous window that breaks fortnightly patiently to be served with that all important fee statement that mind you wouldn’t take 5 sec to print out, only to be told that it is break time, lunch time or ‘someone’ has completed the eight hours of official duty that they are paid for? If you haven’t and you are a student in this school, then you are among the lucky few. Nonetheless brace yourself for a more gruelling experience than this.
Examination cards and the results are the culmination of gross insubordination and the epitome of departments working at cross purposes. After an entire academic year of enduring clashing classes and examinations timetables, surely everyone deserves to be given a chance to prove their worth. Surprisingly, this is not the case. Except for abnormal fee balances, nobody should miss to sit an examination on flimsy grounds; do I have to name them?
The end of the long vacations marks yet another stressful moment for every student in the school, after a whole month of hustle and bustle for a much coveted ten by eight square feet room, the real rough road begins right there: it takes another two weeks to request for the release of the results to enable one to determine whether they are proceeding, repeating, retaking courses, sitting for the supplementary examinations or is to face the dreaded discos.
It is much better to take the results with the above destinies. Contrary to this, it is not the case, it is lucky if one gets the results in the ‘bamba twenty’ sheets being issued. Missing marks are the order of the day in the second month of every first semester. Any attempts in search of the same are met with huddles if not futility, as the missing marks are either still being marked (by an external examiner) or lost somewhere in the files or passed on to the next life along with the deceased course instructor.
This article scars on the surface of feelings of the legitimately discontented in the School of Arts and Social Sciences students whose demand for immediate action is but a mere understatement. To quote a famous Kenyan politician “If it is not now, then it is right now”
Finally, I wind my thoughts with his famous writings that, “…It is a sin to suffer in silence when they should be protesting as this makes cowards of men” or the Che Guevara’s and by extension our MUSO (Moi University Students Organisation) chairman Mwamburi Mwangombe’s slogan “up you mighty people.”
Written out of genuine concern for the dilapidating levels of service delivery in an ISO certified institution of higher learning that is MOI UNIVERSITY. I rest my case.

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