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THE FINAL SOLUTION TO THE ZIALE QUESTION

THE FINAL SOLUTION TO THE ZIALE QUESTION

Dear Editor,

THE results churned out by ZIALE are scandalous. There is need for serious interrogations of not only the teaching methodology but also the motive for failing the students. 

It is unacceptable that after almost 60 years of independence, and a population of 20 million people, Zambia has a paltry 1, 000 qualified lawyers.

Remember that students pay in excess of K20, 000 per sitting.  Remember too around 400 students take these exams per cohort. So, by simple arithmetic that is handsome income. 

The more candidates per cohort, the more revenue is generated. This could be the primer for the failure rate.

Unfortunately, since 2010 or thereabouts, the same trend of results has been sustained. Sadly, successive governments appear to be clueless on what to do to sort out the problem.

Having been involved in solving complex mathematical problems, like the attached, sorting out ZIALE fiasco is porridge for me.

Here is the solution.

Amend the law to get rid of ZIALE monopoly. Let other law practice institutes be established, and bingo, this ZIALE cancer will be healed once and for all.

By the way, our law system in Zambia is a copy and paste of the English system. England has several institutions that offer qualifying exams for solicitors and attorneys. Why then should Zambia have only one monopolistic institute, if not only for financial motives?

SINKAMBA PETER.

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