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Kenya’s Egerton University suspends teaching due to lecturers’ strike? No, notice fake

IN SHORT: The university posted the badly written notice on Facebook and Twitter, with “FAKE” stamped across it in red.

A notice seemingly from Kenya’s Egerton University warns its students that teaching and exams have been suspended.

The notice, dated 17 October 2022, tells students to leave the university by 21 October.

“Due to failed discussions with UASU, Egerton university suspends learning and examination until further notice,” it reads.

UASU is the University Academic Staff Union.

The notice carries the varsity’s logo and the stamp of the registrar of academic affairs.

On 11 October Egerton University staff issued a seven day strike notice over pay arrears. On 17 October lecturers downed tools.

The notice has been posted on Facebook here, here, here, here, here, here and here. But is it real?


Notice fake

The notice has odd punctuation, as well as spelling and grammar errors. And inconsistencies in the fonts used and poor graphic quality are also suspicious.

It is indeed false. On its verified Twitter and Facebook pages, the university has warned students against the notice – simply by posting it with the word “FAKE” stamped across it in red.

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