The call for reform of Ghana’s legal education was triggered after over ninety percent of LLB graduates were purported to have failed their professional law entrance examination.
Some of the actions sparked by the mass failure, included a demonstration by disgruntled student. Following the demonstration, some opinion leaders have criticised the police for the use of unneccessary force to disperse them.
Speaking with acclaimed broadcaster David Ampofo, three affected students bemoaned their predicament. Rita, Saed and Stanley all LLB graduates appeared on Time With David Vox, were they spoke about being compelled to sign a document, that ensured candidates couldn’t contest examination outcomes prior to the examination.
‘If students are not good enough, I’m not sure they would have graduated from such accredited law faculties’, said Rita Narh. For Stanley Osei bonsu to say they had almost all failed ” is simply unacceptable and this generation is smarter than that”.
The students also bemoaned the absence of a marking scheme, claiming that their requests for a marking scheme seems to have fallen on deaf ears. ‘The General Legal Council recently said at the parliamentary committee that they have provided a marking scheme to all the faculties. Well, my faculty hasn’t received it! We still don’t see what the answers were supposed to be’, Stanley said.
The students also refuted claims that the low success rate was geared at maintaining standards. Speaking on the preamble of the constitution, the students claimed they’re being deprived of their right to equality of opportunity. ‘The constitution itself says that there must be equality of opportunity. We are not saying that we have the right to become lawyers, but we have the right to be given the opportunity to try’, Saed Salahudin explained