THE Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) has commended Minister of Justice Given Lubinda for summoning the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) council over the continued poor student pass rate at the law school.
Eastern Province CSPR co-ordinator Maxson Nkhoma has described the high annual student failure rate at ZIALE as “literacy sabotage”.
Mr Nkhoma said in a statement that Zambians, especially the poor, do not have affordable legal representation because of ZIALE’s alleged inability to produce more lawyers onto the labour market.
“It’s difficult to comprehend how out of 300 students who sat for ZIALE mid-year examinations, only seven passed,” he said.
Mr Nkhoma said Zambia needs more qualified lawyers to represent those in correctional facilities unlike the current situation where only a few rich people afford the costly legal representation.