Education think tank, Africa Education Watch (Eduwatch) has asked the General Legal Council to admit some 499 candidates who were denied admission into the Ghana School of Law, despite them passing the 2021 entrance exams.
According to Eduwatch, the action by the Ghana School of Law is unfair and cannot be justified. It insists that the move contradicts the government’s agenda of doubling tertiary enrolment by 2030 as well as creating equal opportunities for career progression and skills development as a means of curbing graduate unemployment. Eduwatch in a statement questioned how government would attract more students into tertiary education when graduates from the country’s law faculties, even after passing the Law School’s entrance exams, cannot gain admission to the Ghana School of Law.
The Education think tank suggested to the Ghana Law School to either accept the students as in-person or virtual students if it is the case that the school is constrained by physical space. According to the think tank, globally, training institutions have adopted virtual learning systems and technologies to sustain and increase access to legal education in the face of limited physical infrastructure and the COVID-19 pandemic effect. Meanwhile, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has also in a petition asked Parliament to order the General Legal Council to provide raw scores of candidates who took part in the Ghana School of Law entrance exams for 2020 and 2021.
NUGS believes only a response from the General Legal Council on the retrospective implementation of the new rules of the exams will resolve the perennial mass failures recorded during the professional law school entrance exams.The Union says its own independent checks show that the total number of students who passed the 2021 examinations stood at two hundred and eighty-nine and not seven hundred and ninety.
NUGS by the petition wants Parliament to order the General Legal Council to appear before the Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Committee with raw scores of the Examinations from this year and that of 2020.