For the past couple of weeks, there has been a campaign which has almost gone unnoticed but thanks to a text I received via whatsapp that caught my attention.
A section of the Kenya law students have started a campaign to get rid of the Pre bar exams that were introduced recently calling them irrelevant and only a way to reduce the number of students pursuing law. According to a blog post by Benedict Wachira, the pre bar exams and a few other restrictions introduced lately are only there to reduce the number of lawyers in the country.
Benedict who calls himself a A Socialist and a Pan-Africanist on his twitter account argues that the big fish in the law society of Kenya which includes PLO Lumumba who serves as the director of the Kenya School of Law have come up with the regulations to make the “law an exclusive class for only those who can pay up”
According to information he received from a current student in the institution, almost 70% of the students there are deliberately failed in one or more units every year despite the fact that everything taught there is not new. All of the students joining the Kenya School of Law must have graduated from one of the local universities, having studied all the units and passed, only to go to KSL and get Failed.
Wachira who calls this totally absurd says that there is no way you can pass a unit in the university – let say you got an A in that unit – then you go to Kenya School of Law and do the exactly same unit with not even a single different sentence then then you fail.
Most of the units taught at KSL are the same units that the students were taught at the universities, meaning that most of what is taught there is mere repetition. To solve this, the Council for Legal Education has begun to completely remove some of these units from the universities, so that they can be exclusively offered at KSL. One of the units that has already been moved is Civil Procedure. Following this trend, it would not be surprising if they removed Evidence Law, Criminal Law and all other practical units from the university programme. The only reason for doing this is no other than trying to find some relevance for KSL; otherwise why should CLE deny students particular knowledge? It seems that those running legal education in Kenya are conscious of the uselessness of KSL to graduates, and they are now trying to resolve this by sabotaging the quality of undergraduate law studies. He explains in his blog
Apart from just the pre bar exams and the repetitions, Wachira claims that the institution charges people ridiculous and unnecessary amounts of money just to be successful in their studies.