Authorities of the Nigerian Law School has come out to explains the reason behind the mass failure of students in its 2013/2014 August Bar 2 Exam. The school said those who were retaking the exam were the ones that recorded mass failure. According to the Secretary to the Council of Legal Education and Director of Administration of the Nigerian Law School, those who were taking the exam for the first time had more than average pass percentage.
“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. According to her, the failure rate among the re-sit student was high because most of them were either working or based outside Nigeria.
Continuing, the Council Secretary said that most of the protesting students were those who have sat for the examination for about four times, noting that such students refused to attend revision classes put in place for them by the school, saying the Director General of the school or any of its lecturers is not responsible for marking down the students.
On the possibility of a review of the results, she said any of the students is free to apply for a review in line with the rules set by the Council for Legal Education in the country, saying that they are equally free to apply for a re-sit next year. She said such a re-sit will require mandatory eight weeks of revision classes as the Board of Studies of the Council of Legal Education has made that compulsory.
The result of the August 2014 Bar Final Examinations, as approved by the Board of Studies of the Council of Legal Education was released on the School Website: www.nigerianlawschool.edu.ng and the Portal: www.mynlsp.com on Tuesday October 14, 2014. The breakdown of the result is as follows:
A:- Total Number of regular candidates (students of the 2013/2014 Academic Year) – 5841
1st Class Honours – 4 (0.07%) (Abuja Campus – 2, Lagos Campus- 1 and Yenagoa Campus- 1)
2nd Class (Upper Division) – 96 (1.64%)
2nd Class (Lower Division)- 620 (10.61%) Pass- 2610 (44.68%)
Conditional Pass (i.e Reference in one subject) – 501 (8.58%) Fail – 1932 (33.08%
Percentage outright Pass –(57.01%)
B:- Total Number of Re-sit candidates – 1335
Pass – 88
Conditional Pass – 26
Fail – 1168
Any candidate may apply for a review in accordance with extant rules of the Council of Legal Education.
PERFORMANCE OF RE-SIT CANDIDATES
In view of the poor performance of re-sit candidates at the August 2014 examinations, the Board of Studies of the Council of Legal Education has directed that henceforth, re-sit candidates are to attend at least eight (8) weeks compulsory revision classes at the Nigerian Law School. No re-sit candidate shall be allowed at the Bar Final examinations until he/she has undergone the stipulated revision classes. Details of the next re-sit examinations will be announced shortly.
Details of the Call to the Bar ceremonies for the successful candidates are as announced on the Website and Portal of the Nigerian Law School.
Describing the way the Part II Final Bar Examination turned out, a student at the Lagos Campus, Folarin Michael, said he knew of six students who not only shared the same room but also failed in the examination.
Michael said although he obtained a second-class lower degree, he believed that the hard work and sacrifices he put into the programme would have earned him a better grade.
“I graduated as the best Law student from my university with a strong second class upper degree. To say I am upset by the grade awarded me by the Law School is an understatement.
“This is not good for my career and I am not satisfied with the result because I know my abilities. But when I consider the number of my friends and associates who failed, I just take heart and thank God for my condition,” he said.
Another student, Adekunle Adeyemi, who participated in the one-year programme at the Abuja campus, alleged that the Director-General of the NLS, Mr. Olanrewaju Onadeko, literally made it a singsong that he was going to up the standard.
According to Adeyemi, Onadeko, any time he interacted with students, always insisted that he would increase the traditional pass mark from 40 to 50, with a view to raising the standard of the falling legal education.
“Rather than encourage us in our chosen field of endeavour, the DG (Onadeko) would pelt us with insults that many of us have no business to be lawyers and that some of us should take to other professions – such as fashion designing and trading?
“That kind of statement is not expected from an education administrator. I do not know the rationale behind such a statement but the outcome is now evident and everyone can see the devastating blow he has dealt with our career.
“He even threatened to increase the pass mark from 40 to 50 but after the majority of us raised an eyebrow over the development, he promised that the new rule would not take effect during our studentship.
“But how are we so sure that that is not already being implemented with this mass failure we recorded?” Adeyemi added.
Blaming the failure on the NLS management, one of the students who finished with a conditional pass at the Enugu campus, Akeem Bello, accused the authorities of changing the rules of the game.
He argued that it appeared that the DG wanted to reduce the number of graduates when he cut down on the time allotted to the various examinations.
“Records don’t lie. It is on record that from 2008 till date, the time allocated to the 100-multi choice question which carries 25 marks per subject used to be 60 minutes.
“But in the era of the new DG everything has changed. We were allowed to take the MCQ for 50 minutes and this explains why the majority of us could not finish the examination.
“You can’t start a game and suddenly shift the goal post mid way. There was no prior information on this before the exam. This is never done,” Bello said.