Tutwa defends ZIALE

By Staff reporter

 

Government has been challenged to fund the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) adequately to improve the pass rate and quality of graduates.

But the National Action for Quality Education in Zambia [NAQEZ] has called for the immediate dissolution of the instuitution’s Council.

Commenting on the disappointing pass rate for the 2018 examinations, Kabwe Central member of parliament Tutwa Ngulube said the development was unfortunate.

Out of the 384 students who sat for ZIALE examinations, only four passed.

 

“There are about forty universities that issues law degrees but all of these have different syllabuses. How do you expect these people to perform well at a higher level of law training? Most of these students are not even exposed to the pertinent learning courses at under graduate level? How can a student who has never taken family law at under graduate expect to pass it at ZIALE?” Ngulube asked when he featured on Hot FM’s Red Hot Breakfast Show this morning.

Ngulube also blamed the quality7 of students admitted at the instuttion for the poor performance.

He lamented that ZIALE admitted substandard students just because it needed to raise operational funds through the K15, 000 student fees at the expense of a good pass mark.

Ngulube who is also a lawyer, said in his time ZIALE had strict entry qualifications because quality was the main motivating factor unlike now where students even failed all eleven courses offered.

“How do you expect a student who has failed courses like ethics and accounts at ZIALE to be released into society and be entrusted with clients money? This is dangerous and ZIALE is right to have a strict pass mark,” said Ngulube.

ZIALE has been condemned by a cross section of society for failing so many students.

And NAQEZ Executive Director Aaron Chansa said it was an academic scandal for ZIALE to release 99 percent failure rate for the institution.

“This is surely an academic scandal for ZIALE to release such poor results. Therefore, I call upon Minister of Justice Given Lubinda to dissolve the Council. In 2014 and 2016, the failure rate at ZIALE stood at 93% rate. 2015 (77%) and last year was 98%. We view this record as academically abnormal,” said Chansa.

“There is no way ZIALE can continue on this failing path. While we need quality lawyers out of ZIALE, we feel that something is terribly and fundamentally wrong at the institution.’’