Mass Failure Of Students: Blame Curriculum Of The Law School
Some students of the Ghana School of Law are blaming the existing curriculum of the school for the massive failure in its recent examination.
It is reported that more than 80% of students who wrote the examination in May 2017 failed, as only 91 out of the over 500 candidates passed.
The development comes at a time when Parliament is debating an LI brought before it by the General Legal Council (GLC); the body that oversees the legal profession and legal education in Ghana.
The LI, if endorsed by Parliament will see the legalization of entrance examination and interview processes by the GLC for prospective law students.
The GLC insists the measures will ensure only qualified persons are admitted to produce quality lawyers in the country. However, some have suggested that the recent failure makes nonsense of the processes, and emphasizes on the need for focus to be placed on restructuring the school's curriculum.
According to the concerned students of the school, the entrance exam administered by the GLC, must be abolished in the face of the massive failure.
In a statement signed by its leader, Ken Addor Donkor, the Concerned Students said, “the quality of teaching has deteriorated, if we have to abide by the logic of the GLC that the entrance exams helps to admit quality applicants.”
It is thus calling for the resignation of all members of the General Legal Council.
Read their full statement below:
Ghana School of Law & Matters Arising:
The mass failure recorded by the GSL this year is a testament to the call that the entrance exams be abolished as it has failed to establish that it’s a pristine source of sieving the quality applicants from the ‘chaff’.
Secondly, this results demonstrate that the present curriculum as presently modified has contributed to the deteriorating nature of the supposedly ‘quality’ students that are admitted and must be scrapped and the old formulae restored.
Thirdly, the Bar results as released points to the fact that, the quality of teaching has deteriorated if, we have to abide by the logic of the GLC that the entrance exams helps to admit quality applicants.
Lastly, the results lend credence to the proposition that of some debaters that, the GLC has crafted these examinations as a cash-cow or conduit of milking both prospective students as well as candidates for the Bar exams.
It would cost the 206 students who would have to repeat the programme in excess of Ghc5.5m without any guarantee that they will sail through when next they write the Bar exams. The present school fees per year is GHS 13,500.00
#All GLC members must resign
KENN ADDOR DONKOR LEADER OF CONCERNED LAW STUDENTS
'Exam results not credible'
Meanwhile, the President of the Students' Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana School of Law, Sammy Gyamfi has said that the results of the exam is not credible.
Speaking on Eyewitness News on Tuesday, he said, the leadership of the SRC does not believe the result is a true reflection of the performance of the candidates.
“There are fundamental flaws… something is fundamentally flawed with the entire process. All you are seeing is not all there is. If we go deeper into the issue and we allow independent credible professional examiners to remark the same scripts, we are very confident that more students will pass,” he said.