MINISTER of Justice Given Lubinda says consultations to improve the low pass rate at Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) are nearing completion.
Mr Lubinda said he is consulting stakeholders to reverse the continued poor pass rate at the law school where only 16 out of 238 students qualified in 2016.
Mr Lubinda last week summoned the ZIALE council to meet him and explain the problems it has as he suspected there was something “terribly wrong” at the law school.
This was after only two percent of the students passed mid-year exams.
Mr Lubinda said in an interview on Tuesday that he had a successful meeting with members of the ZIALE council, and has now embarked on consultations to find a remedy for the poor pass rate at the law school.
“I am getting towards the end of my consultations, and as soon as I am done, I will be announcing to the nation the process going forward.
“It is our hope that ZIALE starts to record a higher pass rate without necessarily compromising the quality of lawyers,” he said.
Mr Lubinda said he has received numerous complaints and submissions over the poor pass rate at ZIALE, among them proliferation of universities offering sub-standard lectures for law students.
He also confirmed having received a submission that the low pass rate at ZIALE is because of a deliberate ploy by some people who allegedly want to restrict the number of lawyers who successfully graduate and join the industry.
“I have received numerous complaints such as proliferation of private universities and that the quality of lecturing in those universities is not up to scratch,” Mr Lubinda said.
He said Government will keep a close eye on the pass rate at ZIALE because “we do not want to have quacks practising law”.