Law School exams: Mass failures ‘unfortunate’ and ‘worrying’; needs a lasting solution – MP

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The Chairman of the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament, Ben Abdullah Bandah has described as ‘a worry’ the pass rate at the just released Law School Examinations.

Reports indicate that only 128 out of 1,820 who sat for the Ghana Law School Entrance Exams passed. This means that the pass rate is less than 10%.

Social media has since reacted to this pass rate with many blaming the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo who had in times past said that mass production of Lawyers will not happen under her watch.

She stated: “Those of you lawyers and those of you lecturers who are busy advocating free scale, mass admissions into the professional law course, and mass production of lawyers, be careful what you wish for.”

“So long as I have anything to do with it, it won’t happen. Just like you can’t mass-produce doctors and surgeons, Ghanaians must not have mass-produced lawyers imposed on them,” the Chief Justice said when she addressed the Bench, Bar and Faculty Conference at the Labadi Beach Hotel on the theme: ‘The Changing Landscape in the Law – the Judge, the Lawyer and the Academic’.

She added: “Those of us who have been too long on the General Legal Council, those of us who spent too long on the Disciplinary Committee, we have cause to worry because the kinds of misconduct are such that there is no way anybody envisaged these categories of misconduct when the Legal Profession Act was being enacted in the 1960s.”

Reacting to this on Accra-based Starr FM as monitored by Angelfmonlinegh.Com, the MP said that the situation was ‘worrying’.

He referred to the pass rate last year which also became a national concern.

“To see that less than 10% of the students passed in itself is a worry. This is a serious problem that the whole nation will have to sit and find a lasting solution to…,” he opined.

According to the Member of Parliament (MP) for Offinso South, the students who failed the examination last year also petitioned his committee.

“We met the law students and some teachers of the law school as well as some relevant stakeholders after the petition came in last year. It’s unfortunate we are seeing such results this year…,” he said.

Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.Com | KWAKU NTI

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