Gloria Akuffo 

The General Legal Council has tasked a committee to look into the mass failure of students at the Ghana School of Law bar exam, Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo has said.

The council is meeting this month and the report must come up for consideration,” she told Citi News.

Gloria Akuffo described the mass bar exams failures as “a matter of great concern” and said, “when the matter came for consideration at the General Legal Council, the General Legal Council decided that a committee will be set up to find out the real causes.”

The committee is expected to consider the issue from the perspective of students, lecturers and examiners, and prescribe solutions to the difficulties that caused the mass failure.

Already, the students have petitioned Parliament and met the committee for constitutional, legal and parliamentary affairs over the same matter.

The Ghana School of Law students also plans to petition the President on Monday for a thorough review at the legal educational system of the country.

Only 9 percent of the students are said to have passed the 2018 bar exam.

This was worse than the 2017 results.

More than 80% of students who wrote the examination in May 2017 failed, as only 91 out of the over 500 candidates passed.

Almost 300 students had to repeat the entire course, whilst 170 students were referred.

At the time, many of the students blamed the Independent Examination Board for the mass failure whilst others blamed the existing curriculum.

Now the school of law lecturers, including Justices of the Supreme and Appeals Courts, together with some seasoned lawyers have threatened to resign over the results.

The lectures last week demanded that the General Legal Council review and collate the exam scores, reduce the exorbitant cost of re-marking from GHc 3,000 to GHC 500 per paper, and cancel all questions set from outside the course manual.

Some of these concerns were raised a year ago with some students also calling for General Legal Council to allow independent examiners to mark the law students’ papers.

Source: Citifmonline

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