The immediate past Legal Advisor of the University of Ghana Students’ Representative Council (UGSRC), Kwame Adomako Afram, has called for a total reformation of the Ghana School of Law entrance exams.
He says there is a dying need for the exams to be restructured to favour majority of the students so they can qualify for their professional legal education.
According to him, there is, allegedly, no transparency in the conduct and outcome of the exams, saying the credibility of writing an exam in just two (2) hours to secure over 50 percent, is inadequate to qualify an LLB graduate into the Ghana School of Law.
”You’ve studied for four years and have been awarded a certificate. And now your future is to be determined based on a 2-hour paper…After that, the results is that you’re supposed to get a 50 plus before you qualify to have your professional legal education. There is no transparency for you to know exactly what goes on,” he alleged.
He added that until the School builds enough infrastructure to accommodate the increasing number of students who sit for the entrance exams annually, only a few of the candidates will be admitted.
The difficulty in getting admission into the Ghana School of Law for the professional course to become a lawyer has provoked questions on the accessibility of legal education in Ghana.
In his view, the system of cutting off majority of the students who write the exam will continue to be the norm till enough accommodation is provided.
“The Ghana School of Law does not have the capacity to admit all the 2,700 students. It is practically impossible to admit all the students writing today. So definitely there must be a process to cut some people out and till the Ghana School of Law has the capacity to admit all the people that is going to be the system,” he asserted.
The 2020 Ghana School of Law entrance examination took place at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) with over 2,700 students on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.
The 2-hour paper is an essential requirement for any LLB graduate who wishes to pursue the professional law course at the Ghana School of Law.
Most of the students were hopeful of passing this year’s entrance exam.
Mass Law School exams failure
Over 90 per cent of students who sat for the Ghana School of Law entrance examination in 2019 failed to make the cut for admission.
Results showed that of the 1,820 candidates who sat for the entrance exams, only 128, representing 7 per cent passed.
There are still major public concerns about legal education in Ghana and with some persons calling for thorough probe into circumstances leading to such volume of failures annually.
Story by: David Asante & Angela Amengor | universnewsroom.com