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NCHE investigates LDC over student marks

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has directed the Law Development Centre (LDC) to provide a response on the issues raised in a petition by some students.

On July 12, more than 1,000 students of the bar course petitioned NCHE accusing the LDC administration of breach of bar course rules on handling examination results.

It followed LDC’s release of the graduation list last month which indicated 90 per cent of the 1,682 students had failed.

However, several students who missed out on graduation complained that it was wrong for LDC to release the list without providing students with marks or exam scripts.

Among the discrepancies cited by the students were that some discontinued students appeared on the graduation list and that LDC failed to provide a window for appeals and verification of marks before graduation.

In a July 16 letter to the petitioners by Prof Mary Okwakol, the NCHE executive director, she noted that Section 5 (f) of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institution Act 2001 (as amended) mandates NCHE to receive and investigate complaints relating to institutions of higher education and take appropriate action.

“In line with the above mandate, NCHE wrote to LDC drawing their attention to your petition and requesting for a response on the issues raised,” reads part of the letter addressed to the student petitioners. “Any outcome therefrom will be communicated to you.”

The letter is copied to the Attorney General, the Uganda Law Society president as well as the chairperson, Committee on Legal Education-Training.

It remains unclear what timeframe NCHE gave LDC to respond but a source at LDC who preferred anonymity said the institution was given two weeks to do so and will provide a detailed response next week.

Comments

+2 #1 Mandela 2021-07-24 16:40
Now you can imagine a country we are in! Corruption is put in practice right from school.

What do you expect when students graduate. What a country of jokers!
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+3 #2 Danny 2021-07-24 20:22
The failure rates at LDC is a problem that needs to be resolved.

But that can only be by first finding (NOT GUESSING) the cause of the problem. Some of the statements from those concerned at LDC have been shocking.
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+2 #3 Lysol 2021-07-24 22:04
There are many bogus lawyers in Uganda.

One of them even represents Uganda at the International level, after stealing the diploma of his dead relative by using his name.
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+1 #4 kabayekka 2021-07-24 23:28
Such discrepancies do not augur well with the Judicial service in this country. Justice is not going to be obtained under such misery in the system.

That is why more advise is given for the citizens who have legal cases to answer, not to proceed in such dodgy NRM Courts of law.
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+1 #5 Mweru Samuel Byachi 2021-07-26 11:33
I am not surprised by the failure rate at LDC. The only exception to my argument is that some students failed just one paper, which to me is normal yet they all form part of the 92% failure rate.

the truth is that today most students are simply jokers yet LAW starts at LDC. Passing examinations in universities is far much easier than passing the bar course.

It requires serious commitment which most of those students don't have and must fail. Do not bother LDC though LDC must shape up and disclose students results as a matter of urgency.

We are only lucky that LDC education was not liberalised lest we would have all the chaff in court rooms to the detriment of clients and Uganda.

We should also not lose sight of the effects of elearning which remains new to most of us. Simply because you can operate a smart phone does not mean that you are an expert in virtual learning and failing is the result. LDC students, please only pay when you are ready to read.
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+1 #6 Yumbe 2021-07-26 14:58
No body should doubt the high failure rates at LDC in Uganda.

The foundation of lerning is laid at primary level (pre-primary being unrecognised in Uganda although it is being run). Indoctrination without a learner putting personla effort is the one killing intelectual development in Uganda.

Because of competition and need for money, private schools have killed education sector and by extension human resource development.

Most results are false and the most affected are urban learners who unfortunately constitute the bigger percentage of those admiitted to universities.

By the time they reach universities they can not reason logically. True intelectuals are those from rural schools who manouver and reach universities. The government MUST correct the mess.
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