The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) says it has not planned to hold any press conference to address the failure of 499 students in the recent law school entrance examinations.

In its statement dated October 6, 2021, NUGS indicated that it is taking the appropriate steps to restore parity in the law school examinations.

“While the Union shares with the deepest interest in the plights of students who have been treated unfairly in their quest to gain admission into the Ghana Law School, we admit with same, that necessary engagement and cooperate directives must be taken to resolve all matters confronting the affected students,” it said.

A flier purporting to have come from the Union was widely circulated on Tuesday, announcing NUGS’ intention to hold a press conference on Wednesday, October 6, to seek “justice for 499 law students.”

But the Union has since denied the said flier, describing it as “misleading information [which] must be treated with the needed contempt it deserves.”

“We wish to assure the general public and affected students that the Union is currently engaging relevant stakeholders on this matter since it is a very delicate one and such has gotten to a point of media engagement,” NUGS added.

There's no press conference to address failure of 499 students to Law School - NUGS
Statement from NUGS

Background

The National Association of Law Students (NALS) disclosed in a press release that some law students failed their entrance examinations not because they did not pass but because there was an original intention to admit only 550 students.

The Association claims that 1,289 out of the 2,824 students who sat for the exams met the 50% pass mark yet, were excluded from the successful candidates.

“NALS regrets ascertaining thereto that contrary to the earlier results, some 1,289 out of the 2,824 candidates, representing 45.6%, obtained 50% aggregated score hitherto set as a pass mark.”

“Yet, there was a clear, very inexcusable exclusion of some 499 candidates, constituting 39% of candidates who obtained this 50% and 18% of all the candidates,” NALS alleged in a statement.

Meanwhile, Madina MP, Francis-Xavier Sosu, has petitioned Parliament to order the General Legal Council (GLC) to submit raw scores of the students to the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee for further review and verification.



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