Law students’ mass failure triggers State investigation

Kenya School of Law (KSL) has started investigations into mass failure of students sitting the Bar examination since 2009.

KSL board has sought the services of Commission for University Education (CUE) to establish the reasons that have seen more than half of candidates fail.

Last year out of 1,991 students who sat the examination, which is administered by the Council of Legal Education (CLE), only 445 passed.

“Over the years, the performance has been of concern not only to the KSL, CLE, legal sector and students, but also the country at large,” said Amos Mwangi, KSL assistant director finance and administration.

CUE will look at the curriculum, staffing, funding and how it contributes to course taking and also quality of students joining the school.

A report by a taskforce released in January laid bare the massive failure of law students seeking to be admitted as advocates of High Court in the country from 2009 to 2016.

The report indicated that only 7,530 out of 16,086 students who sat the bar examinations passed, translating to a failure rate of 53 per cent.

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