As of now, 499 students are sitting on tenterhooks with no certainty about their admission to the Ghana School of Law. This is because, per results released by the General Legal Council, the said students were deemed to have failed the entrance exams.

However, the affected students believe that the determination by the Ghana School of Law does not reflect the Council’s requirements for admission; alleging an unfair treatment by the General Legal Council.

In resolving the situation, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has called on the Office of the Speaker of Parliament to intervene in the existing controversy, and bring finality to the matter.

In a two-page petition signed by the Union’s Secretary, Julius Kwame Anthony, NUGS is also pleading with the law-making body to review the circumstances of legal education in Ghana, and make relevant reforms to remove the inconveniences faced by current and prospective students at the Ghana School of Law.

The petition, dated Tuesday 12th October, 2021, is also invoking the Speaker of Parliament to order the General Legal Council to appear before the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee with the raw scores obtained by candidates in last year and this year’s entrance exams respectively.

According to the student’s advocacy group, the said appearance by the General Legal Council will offer the needed clarity on the results of this year’s examinations, which has become a bone of contention between the General Legal Council and the affected students.

In the opinion of NUGS, the General Legal Council has gained notoriety for deliberately failing hundreds of students who intend to pursue legal education; a situation the Union believes must be addressed immediately.

“The examination ran by the Independent Examination Committee of the General Legal Council has so far not been transparent to the public. We would like to draw your attention to a practice of the examination body which forces students to sign an undertaking to accept the results of the examination without question. Mr. Speaker, there is the need for Parliament to investigate the perception that the examinations are not a reflection of students performance but a drawbridge to limit access to legal education”, portions of the statement read.

The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) is the body mandated to articulate the grievances of Ghanaian students and seek redress on all issues that affect the smooth teaching and learning of students.

Earlier, the National Association of Law Students also issued a press statement praying the Chief Justice to use his position as the Chairperson of the General Legal Council to resolve the current confusion surrounding the admission of students to the Ghana School of Law this year.



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