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
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
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
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.
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