MPs question ZIALE credibility

MEMBERS of Parliament yesterday questioned the credibility of the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) following the high failure rate at the institution.

MMD Chembe MP Mwansa Mbulakulima challenged  Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula and the Government to come out in the open and tell the nation why students had been failing at such a high rate.

Contributing to the debate on the Ministry of Justice policy statement by Dr Symbyakula, Mr Mbulakulima said he did not understand why only eight students out of over 200 passed recent examinations at ZIALE.

He challenged Government to tell Zambians why students were failing when the nation was in dire need of services from ZIALE graduates.

And UPND Senanga MP Likando Mufalali challenged the minister to explain what exactly was happening at ZIALE in terms of examinations.

“Mr Chairman, I want to add to what the previous speaker said on ZIALE exams. This Government should explain to Zambians why there is a high failing rate at ZIALE,” Mr Mufalali said.

He challenged Dr Simbyakula to explain how possible it was for students who passed their exams at the University of Zambia were failing at ZIALE.

Mr Mufalali also questioned the credibility of those few individuals who were passing if at all their results were not  ‘‘manufactured’’.

“Mr Chairman, there is no way only four out of over hundreds of students could be passing; meaning there is something wrong even for the results of those few lawyers who pass these exams,” he said.

Mr Mufalali also appealed to the ministry to consider paying retirement benefits to its former employees and build courts in rural areas.

He said Senenga had poor judicial services and urged the minister to consider building courts in his constituency and many other places which had no courts in order for people in rural areas to access justice.

But when summarizing the debate, Dr Symbyakula did not say anything about the concerns which were raised on ZIALE.

He however said Government was currently constrained to build courts in all the rural areas because such projects needed to be accompanied by the construction of staff houses.