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Commission of Inquiry into FBC system of evaluating students overdue for decades: The state of legal education in Sierra Leone

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Commission of Inquiry into FBC system of evaluating students overdue for decades: The state of legal education in Sierra Leone

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 In percentages this Sierra Leone law school equates to a 23 % pass rate, 42% referral and a 34 % failure rate. Most importantly of those referred 63 % of those referred were in just one subject civil procedure. These results are disheartening but it calls into serious question the scope and breadth of legal education in Sierra Leone. Where 23 % of people pass the bar exams questions must be asked and an enquiry conducted to find out why there are so many failures and referrals. Sadly no one is talking about this or even raising issues. As usual there is no interest as only those affected bear the anguish and feel the pain caused by failure.

 Where 63% of students are referred in one module a thorough investigation needs to be conducted into the structure teaching and marking of that module. Fewer than 10 % of students were referred in other modules.

I hope legal education would be given the seriousness it deserves by the institution of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this result. We owe it to our country to ensure that future generations opting for the legal profession have the confidence that they are getting a fair deal in the pursuit of their chosen profession and everything is being done by the authorities to ensure they succeed in their exams.

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