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Parliament makes Strong Intervention on law School Impasses

Ghana’s Parliament on Wednesday April3, asked the General Legal Council (GLC) to re-open the period for re-marking of 2017/2018 exam scripts so students who failed.

The Ghana School Law (GSL ) was also asked to as a matter of consideration drastically reduce the re-marking fee from ¢3,000 to ¢500 so the students could apply for re-marking.

These were part of the five recommendations Parliament Committee of Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs,,made after it was petitioned by the Students Representative Council (SRC) of the Law School.

The SRC petition to Parliament last month was triggered after more than 80 per cent of the students who sat last year’s professional exams failed.

Chairman of the Committee, Ben Abdallah Banda,told the House that their recommendations are to mitigate “the massive failures recorded by in the 20017/18 New Professional Law Examinations.”

As part of the recommendations, the Committee wants the adoption of an offsite marking retreat to ensure speedy re-marking of scripts.

Also, it wants all the making schemes and examiner’s report made available to students and lecturers of the GLC.

Further, the legislators want the “ Independent Examination Council (IEC) to consider holding Supplementary Examination for all referred candidates in the 2018 Professional Law Course Examination in a timely manner to ensure that successful candidates are enrolled in a year.”

According to Mr Banda,, the Committee also planned to engage all stakeholders in the legal education sector to consider the Legal Profession (Amendment) Bill, 2018 which has been laid in the House and currently before the Committee.

“In this regard, the Committee has already received two proposals from lecturers of the GSL for reforming professional legal education in Ghana and would consider same together with other proposals that may be submitted by other Stakeholders.

Hon Bernard Ahiafor, Deputy Ranking on the Committee said, during the deliberation, it was gathered that, students who had 36 per cent and called for remarking ended up been passed with over 70 percent.

He noted that, questions set for students felt outside approved subject manual, adding that the committee took the view that, it was expected that the IEC set the examination questions within the scope of those manuals.

In addition to that, the IEC also refused or failed to give out its examiners report stole students and lectures, stating, ” the committee considers this default quite worrying in view of the usefulness of the two documents to both lectures and law students.”

On his part, SRC President at the GSL, Kwabena Owusu Amoah, told Joy News they are generally satisfied with the recommendations of parliament and is urging the GLC to adopt it.

“As the Minority Leader said, the GLC should carry on with their investigation into the appropriateness of the questions and consider that in making their determinations.

“This year, we’ve had a crash programme and a lot of challenges because of the one-year system reversed to two years but some of the problems still persist. We hope that these problems will be solved so we have a better future for legal education,” he said.

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba

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