Members of Parliament on the Parliamentary and Legal Affairs Committee, headed by Jacob Oboth-Oboth have vowed to remove the Law Development Council (LDC) pre-entry examinations after they found out that private lawyers have been illicitly enriching themselves from it.
Speaking to the press earlier today, MP Oboth-Oboth said that Parliamentary investigations have revealed that private lawyers have been engaged in printing of examination papers for the centre and subsequently marking them to fail students for the success of their businesses.
They are backed by the Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire who has over the years stressed that the entry exam is useless if the students are from universities that have been accredited by the same Law Council to teach the Bachelor of Laws program.
“Everyone that has ever sat for and failed the bar exam must come and enroll again because we are going to remove the pre-entry exam” Minister Otafiire told the press.
The Justice Minister argues that students who have studied the program for four years in their respective universities are automatically qualified to study the bar course and that if the Law Council thinks otherwise, they can always prohibit those universities from teaching the program.
A source within LDC has told Campus Bee that if the MPs abolish the exam, the qualification for the course shall be tightened and results considered shall start from what someone got in their Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) to the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) before finally considering the undergraduate.
On Thursday this week, the MPs have vowed to present their findings to Parliament and promised that beginning this intake, the pre-entry exam will be no more.