It’s good that only a few pass the law exams!
Only 6.7% of this year’s law students passed their final examination to be allowed to practice law. The news gave rise to the same complaints about elitism as seen every year as far back as I can remember. However, I think the appalling result is excellent news! Who wants mediocre students to become mediocre lawyers to become mediocre judges? The judiciary in Zambia is mediocre enough as it is, inspiring little trust in the large part of the population without money, connections and/or influence. Last year, when the same debate raged, the gatekeeper, the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE), defended itself by pointing a finger at the quality of the entire education system. And it is right. ZIALE should never be forced to lower its standard. Zambia should instead be forced to raise its educational standards. This would not only help our lawyers, but also our engineers, accountants, teachers, doctors, journalists, bankers and all the other professions that are marked by a shortage in terms of both quality and quantity.
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly