Former deputy mayor for Kabwe town Nkandu Luswili has called for the establishment of an independent body to manage examinations at the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE).
Making a submission to the Legal and Justice Sector Reform Commission sitting in Kabwe today, Mr. Luswili said setting up the independent body will help improve alleged dwindling standards at the training institution.
He explained that the body will act as a regulatory organization and design syllabuses, prepare and mark exams to uphold integrity and instil public confidence in institutions that produce lawyers whose actions affect many people.
Mr. Luswili explained that the job of ensuring that lawyers are lectured and examined cannot be left to lecturers who are prone to manipulation.
He pointed out that the mechanism that the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) employs at grades 7, 9 and 12 as well as in most government run colleges and Technical Education and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) accredited institutions should be employed by ZIALE.
Mr. Luswili noted that the recent spate of high failure rate at ZIALE has eroded public confidence in the law training institution.
The former deputy mayor also further urged government to set up boarding facilities at ZIALE in order to make the institution conducive for learning.
Mr. Luswili also challenged the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) to discipline erring lawyers who among other things are in the habit of misusing clients’ funds.
He said the trend was denting the image of LAZ which is a cardinal organisation that gives legal direction to the nation.
Mr. Luswili has since urged LAZ to take a strong position and punish lawyers in order to uphold the integrity of the association and foster public confidence.