MPs have approved the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee recommendation to scrap pre-entry examinations for admission into the Law Development Centre (LDC).
MPs argue that the scraping of the pre-entry examinations would give chance to more students to train in the legal practice and enable Ugandans easy access to legal services.
“We debated these issues and found that the policy is neither serving the purpose nor helping the already graduate lawyers who want to access the bar course. Pre-entry examinations are not a guarantee of quality assurance,” committee chairperson Jacob Oboth Oboth (West Budama south) said.
“The quality of lawyers is not determined at pre-entry but at the centre. We discussed with Law Development Centre (LDC) and they didn’t have any problem with its scrapping,” Oboth added as he presented Legal committee's report on different issues of the ministerial policy statements.
Oboth told the House that the committee held several meetings and its interactions with LDC authorities and they indicated no rejection to the proposal to stop pre-entry examinations.
According to Defense minister Adolf Mwesige, there were sufficient checks and balances in the system before the introduction of the pre-entry examinations, which helped the legal system, produce good lawyers.
“We seem to be punishing our children so much subjecting them to so much. In my view the examinations should be removed,” Mwesige said.
Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Kahinda Otafiire argued that the introduction of pre entry examinations was to try to decongest LDC since classes had huge numbers of students going up to 1000.
“This question of pre-entry to LDC was a bit tricky. We came to a conclusion that a class of 1000 is a rally,” Otaffire said.
He added: “government has chosen to solve the problem of congestion by creating regional centres.”
Although some MPs including Bududa Woman MP Justine Khainza, Bukooli North MP Gaster Mugoya and Aruu MP Odonga Otto among others were against the scrapping of the examinations, speaker Rebecca Kadaga put a question and members adopted the committee report.
It has always been prerequisite that for anyone to get admitted into LDC they ought to sit and pass pre-entry exams.