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LDC Wants Sh300M to Kick Start Regional Centres

The Director Law Development Centre (LDC), sildenafil http://deltaalphapihonorsociety.org/wp-includes/default-widgets.php Frank Nigel Othembi has revealed that the institution is in advanced stages of setting up regional centers to build capacity to handle the ever increasing demand of law training in the country.

The Director made the revelation while presenting the institution’s Ministerial Policy Statement for the financial year 2017/2018 to the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee.

The LDC is the only institution in Uganda that offers the Bar Course leading to the award of the post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

“We have requested for an extra Sh300M for decentralization of the Law Development Centre (LDC), look we are currently experiencing pressures of numbers,” Othembi said during a media interface after the committee meeting.

Othembi says the institution admitted over 700 bar course students and over 1000 students in other programmes for the current academic year.

“It gives us a lot of pressure in terms of managing the numbers, our centre has become congested; we are thinking of setting up a centre in the Western part of the country, another in the North and East.”

Othembi says LDC is currently carrying out a study to identify the suitable district in all the suggested regions with hopes that government will avail the funds to kick start the process.

He says they intend to benchmark from countries such as Ghana and Nigeria that have law schools that are decentralized in other towns and cities.

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The head of department, Didas Bakunzu said the institution will be doing central recruitment of students and thereafter attach them to the regional centres.

“The quality will be the same, same teachers, same administration and same examinations so that the quality is not compromised,” Bakunzu said.

“Government has promised to fund us to start these centers within the next two years, we are on course, and we are carrying out studies to see how we can do it to the best.”

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