The West Budama South legislator, Mr Jacob Oboth-Oboth, is pushing for a motion to have Parliament pronounce itself on whether prospective law students and aocates should be subjected to pre-entry examinations.
Through a pending motion, which is now on Parliament’s Order Paper, Mr Oboth-Oboth also wants the House to establish cause(s) of the high failure rates at the Law Development Centre (LDC).The proposed motion comes against the background of the introduction of pre-entry exams to LDC and the high failure rates registered at the centre.
“We are looking at some sections of the Law Development Centre Act and with the possibility that a committee can look at that and come up with recommendations that can help the House to either make recommendations to amend the law or it is the issue of course content,” Mr Oboth-Oboth told the Daily Monitor last Friday.
The legislator said the preoccupation of LDC should be for quality control and assurance.LDC has in the recent past faced criticism over shrinking academic standards partly blamed on ill-equipped library, poor quality of students and absenteeism of lecturers. Four years ago, the Centre introduced pre-entry exams as a quality control measure, but this has not yet yielded any major results.
LDC spokesperson Hamis Lukyamuzi declined to comment on the pending motion, saying as a Centre, Parliament had not yet contacted them on the matter.
Dr Ben Twinomugisha, a former dean School of Law Makerere University, recently attributed this unfortunate scenario to the liberalisation policy that has given a leeway to many schools to open up while paying little attention to quality. He said some of these schools produce half-baked students.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor