Final-year students from the Faculty of Law at the Catholic University of Malawi held a legal clinic at Chikuli Community Day Secondary School to drill students on their constitutional rights to education in the country.
The legal clinic at Chikuli, aimed at enlightening the students to understand human rights entitled to them.
The law students from the Catholic University of Malawi further drilled students from Chikuli to understand their role in the right to education.
Head of Practical Legal Studies at the Catholic University of Malawi, Carnicius Kadyampakeni said the legal clinic further provided an opportunity to Students at the Secondary School to understand other forms of abuse and channels to follow when reporting such cases.
Kadyampakeni further added that the clinic also provided law students with practical experience of meeting real clients outside the classroom.
“Teachers and Students have a chance to learn more about the law of the country from our students and the legal advice to them,” said Kadyampakeni.
Head Master for Chikuli Community Day Secondary School, Andrew Nkhoma commended the Faculty of Law at the Catholic University of Malawi for the legal clinic, arguing students at the school have been motivated to work hard in class for them to qualify to study in higher learning institutions like Catholic University.
“I can see one or two students from this school studying law in the future because of this clinic. They have been motivated to put the extra gear on their studies,” said Nkhoma.
Concurring with the Head Master, a Form 3 student at the School, Asante Siliya said the clinic had motivated her fellow learners to think about higher education after completing secondary education.
Siliya added that most students flock to work in South Africa after writing the Malawi School Certificate of Education (M.S.C.E) examination.
The legal clinic further provided an opportunity for students from the university to put into practice their communication, interviewing, presentation, and legal research skills.
Faculty of Law is one of the seven faculties at the Catholic University of Malawi offering an accredited law programme in Malawi.
The accreditation of the law programe at the university witnessed the Catholic University of Malawi becoming the first private university to have an accredited law programme by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) in the country.
Chikuli Community Day Secondary School is one of the schools found in Blantyre rural, under the Archdiocese of Blantyre.