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This is why the University of Cape Town May Stop Offering Law Degree

It's reported that the CHE had raised concerns about UCT's academic support for black law students and the success rate of black students in general.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is one of the leading universities in Africa and the world. Yet its law faculty may lose accreditation for its Bachelor of Laws (LLB) undergraduate program.


This was after the Council of Higher Education (CHE) released a statement on Wednesday, following its National Review of LLB Program, stating that UCT, the University of Zululand and University of Limpopo were at risk.

Walter Sisulu University's law qualification has already been withdrawn, while the three institutions under question have until May 2018 to prevent this by responding to the concerns raised by the CHE.

It's reported that the CHE had raised concerns about UCT's academic support for black law students and the success rate of black students in general.

"We have taken note of the CHE's particular focus on excellence, ethics and equity, and the critical need for transformation across the industry," said Dean of UCT's Faculty of Law, Penelope Andrews. "These are all issues that the faculty has been deeply immersed in for several years now and has made significant progress on. As we take some of these developments for granted now, we suspect that our initial submission may not have adequately detailed the extent of those activities, discussions and reflections within the law school."

Read the full reports on News24 and Daily Maverick, and read UCT's full response on the university's website.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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