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“The Council of Legal Education should consider our plight” a Kenya School of Law student pleads

Good morning bro,

My name is (withheld). I am asking you to consider using your activism network & spirit to help a section of us (KSL students) get justice.

Some of us wrote our Bar Examination in 2018 & 2019 & either didn’t pass all the papers or didn’t sit for all the papers because of financial constraints.

Those of us who didn’t pass a paper or those of us who didn’t sit for all the papers had hoped to sit for resits/special examination in the subsequent years, depending on the availability of finances to cater for the same.

First forward, COVID-19 broke out in Kenya in March 2020 & so those of us who had hoped to sit for resits/special examination in July & November 2020 didn’t sit for the same as Council for Legal Education (CLE),  the examining body didn’t offer any exams given the prevailing circumstances.

That means even the class of 2020 which had been admitted in KSL in January 2020 is yet to sit for their examination, which they would have ordinary done by November last year, under the normal circumstances.

Now CLE opened a registration window for April/May 2021 exams, so that the 2020 class which ought to have done its papers in November 2020 & any other interested person could register. Nonetheless, the registration window was so tight (13 days) that most of us didn’t get money to pay in time.

Our understanding was that CLE would also offer exams in July (which is always the month for resits/special examination),but CLE has refused to open that window period so that those of us who missed the April/May registration can register for July 2021   resits/special examination, as it’s always the case.

In a nutshell, we are asking CLE to appreciate the harshest COVID-19 economic situation that affected everyone & understand that it’s an insanity to refuse to register us for July examination, on the account that we ought to have registered for April/May 2021 exams, with the 2020 class.

Thousands of us are affected. We can’t afford hiring an Advocate to represent us.

Please, blog this for us.

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