President of the Ghana Bar Association, Benson Nutsukpui, has said the Bar Association could only petition the General Legal Council(GLC) on behalf of the student body of the Ghana School of Law, if the Students Representative Council is able to provide GBA with hard core evidence on their claims that they were wrongly failed in the recent bar examinations.
The GBA made this call when leadership of the student body of the Ghana School of Law on Monday, March,12, 2018 called on the leadership of the GBA at their offices to help plead their cause with the IEB through the General Legal Council.
The SRC President of the Ghana School of Law, Sammy Gyamfi, at the meeting indicated that the student body has identified several loopholes in the results that were recently published in which 84% failed one or more of their ten (10) papers with only 16% passing all 10 subjects that were written by the students.
However the BAR President Benson Nutsukpui and his Vice President, Anthony Forson, stated that claims by the student leadership that the credibility and integrity of the results published were questionable will not wash, unless the affected students themselves provide credible evidence to the leadership of the GBA, that will enable them forward same to the highest level to seek justice for those affected students.
Ghana School of Law & Matters Arising: Petition by Students.
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 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