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General News of Tuesday, 5 March 2019


Law Students Petition: We are not relenting – SRC President

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Students of the Ghana School of Law have stated that they are going to be relentless in their pursuit to put a stop as well as seek answers to the concurrent mass failure in the Bar examination.

The agitated student Lawyers came in their numbers to petition their concerns to the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, today, March 5, 2019.

Results released by the Independent Examinations Committee (IEC) of the General Legal Council, showed that only 10% of students passed the Bar examination.

This means that 64 students out of about 800 students passed in all papers.

According to the President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana School of Law, Kwame Owusu Amoah, students are not going to back out of their action plan to be heard but will continue to drum their grievances to law makers until they are heard.

“We are still not relenting, we are still going with the action plan that we said. On Thursday we are coming here to meet the Legal and Parliamentary affairs committee. On Monday, we are also going to the President to present to him another petition which is going to look at reforming legal education as a whole.” The Students’ leader noted.

Asked whether the cause of the mass failure is due to the students themselves not pulling their weight academically, he said “It is not true at all. We’ve had the same Lecturers. Mostly it’s the best student who end up in the Law School and so if only 10% of the best students are passing you know that assumption is not true.”

He also defended Lecturers stating that the Law students are taught by the best Lecturers in the country.

“We have the best breeds of Legal breeds in the country teaching us. We have Supreme Court Judges, we have Courts of Appeal Judges teaching us. We have astute Lawyers. Some of them have taught in the Law School for 25 years.”

Kwame Owusu Amoah affirmed that although the Speaker of Parliament was not available at the time they arrived to present their petition, the documented concerns were received by both the Majority and Minority in Parliament.

He said the Legislature has assured students of their commitment to set up a committee as soon as possible to ensure that our issues are resolved.

They have also given their word of an unflinching cooperation to Parliament in “finding a lasting solution to the problem of massive failure of students in the Professional Law Examinations and other challenges affecting legal education in Ghana”.

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