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Ghana School of Law

The National Association of Law Students is hopeful that it’s meeting with Parliament’s Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Committee over the mass failures recorded during the bar exams will yield fruitful results.

The group met with the committee for both parties to find a workable approach to tackle the problem.

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In a statement after the discussion with the committee, the law students expressed the hope that the recommendations of the committee will subsequently be implemented swiftly.

“We are thankful to the Chairman and members of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament for the opportunity to share our concerns and their continued interest in helping to find lasting solutions to problems with legal education in Ghana. We earnestly look forward to the recommendations of the Committee and the swift implementation
of the same. We wish to express our sincere gratitude to our lawyer, Mr. Kofi Bentil for his counsel, students, lecturers and all stakeholders for their continuous support.”

This year, out of the about 1,800 students who sat for the entrance exams, only 128 of them passed.

A few months ago, the Ghana School of Law recorded yet another case of mass entrance examination failure only months after a similar one was witnessed which saw more than half of the candidates for the bar exams failing.

This time around, the mass failure was recorded at the entrance exams.

Pressure was mounted on the General Legal Council, following the mass failure with many calling for drastic reforms.

However the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo had said the existing systems and structures for the training of lawyers in the country will not be changed despite public outcry.

She stressed that the current system that many deem as strict and unfair is meant to ensure that lawyers who are trained in the country are of global standards.

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You can’t solely blame students for mass law exams failure – Rawlings
Former President Jerry John Rawlings recently said students alone cannot be blamed for the mass failures.

In his view, the Ghana Law School cannot be absolved from blame, following the number of students who failed the exam.

Mr. Rawlings said these failures are detrimental to the future of the country.