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Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00

Law School Reacts To Massive Failure

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Thousands of law students are currently in anguish, as the Nigerian Law School recently released the poor results of 2013/2014 August bar examinations.

 

Nigerian Law School authorities are currently speaking out on the mass failure of law school students in the final examinations.

According to PM News, out of 6,000 candidates that took the exams, only about 2,172 students passed. This means that about 3,828 students failed.

Many of the students who failed are said to have put the blame of their failure on the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Olanrewaju Adesola Onadeko, whom they accused of plotting to destroy their careers by failing them.

Many of the students are said to have blamed their failure on the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Olarenwaju Adesola Onadeko, whom they have accused of plotting to destroy their careers by failing them. The students have subsequently demanded for a review of the exam and their results.

Some of the students reportedly communicated with PM News about the matter via text messages. Here are some of the alleged messages sent:

“Save Law School Students: The DG Olarenwaju Onadeko has come to destroy the future of over 70 per cent of students who wrote exams in August and has run to the United Kingdom to seek solace.”

“Please save the future of 5000 law school student, so that the results may be reviewed because some lecturers are in support of this movement as they know the DG asked for a lot of scripts to be marked down. Please this is the least you can do.”

“We the law students of Nigerian Law School protest the poor handling and marking of our Bar 2 final exam. Please we need the media to come to our aid.”

However, Secretary to the Council of Legal Education and Director of Administration of Nigeria Law School, E.O Max-Uba, told PM News that the high failure rate was only among students who were re-taking the exam.

She said that over half of the students who were taking the exam for the first time (57.01%) passed.

“The failure rate was high among the re-sit candidates with about 1168 out of 1335 students who registered failing the examinations while 88 students recorded ordinary pass. Also, 26 of the re-sit students recorded conditional pass,” she said.

Max-Uba further stated that the failure rate amongst the re-sit candidates was because many of them were either working or based outside Nigeria.

In addition, she expressed that most of the students protesting the poor results were the ones who “sat for the examinations four times without success because they refused to participate in revision classes organised for them prior to the examinations.” She also dismissed allegations that Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Olarenwaju Adesola Onadeko or any lecturer was responsible for “marking down students,” as examination papers are not marked by those who set the examinations.

Speaking on whether the results would be reviewed, she noted that candidates are free to apply for a review in accordance with rules set by the Council for Legal Education. Furthermore, she encouraged candidates who failed the exam to re-sit next year.

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