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Mass failure in the Nigerian Law School

I read with dismay the comments of some students on the above matter.
From the approach used by the present Director General, Nigerian Law School, if the students’ comments are true, it clearly shows that he has no experience in teaching and imparting knowledge in students and must be booted out.
From my experience here in the United Kingdom, such a mass failure is an automatic ticket for the Council of Legal Education to show the DG a red card.
As I am an ex-student of the Nigerian Law School, I could not believe
what I saw in the teaching approach and teaching methodology in the Nigeria Law School. It was appalling.
A teacher is supposed to support and show empathy towards his or her students.
The teaching atmosphere should be cordial to ensure easy assimilation. Therefore, I always say that for anybody to teach in such a special
teaching sector, he or she must have relevant teaching qualification.
The Council of Legal Education must arrange for this soonest for those who have no teaching qualification among the lecturers.
Here in the UK, it is the duty of each of the students to comment on the teaching approach of every lecturer. In Nigeria, the opposite is the case.
Lecturers in Nigeria see themselves as lords over their students. Where there is a mass failure like this, it is believed that such a lecturer who handles the course has no grip of that course and therefore must go.
However, I must be objective in my comments. I need to state some facts about students of nowadays, especially in
Nigeria. It is unbelievable to note while I was a student at the Nigeria Law School Abuja, that while lectures were going on, many students (“the back benchers”) were either busy chatting on their phones or some watching videos. These groups of students, I will say, have no reason whatsoever to complain of mass failure. According to Lord Dening of the blessed memory,
“If you lay your mat on the platform of failure, you must be ready to sleep on it.”
On many occasions, one of our lecturers then in the Abuja campus, Mallam Yusuf, would go round to seize phones of these erring students, yet they would not turn a new leaf.
His advice to these students went on deaf ears.
I am of the view that this matter should be looked into by the Council of Legal Education and appropriate measures to reverse the ugly incident should be taken if there is any truth in the complaints of the students.
Oyeleye Ilesanmi
United Kingdom
uncleley@yahoo.co.uk

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