Law students to petition Parliament, Legal Council over mass failure

Lenin Anane Adjei
Lenin Anane Adjei, an SRC Vice-President of the Ghana School of Law

The Student’s Representative Council [SRC] of the Ghana School of Law, will today [Thursday] present several petitions following the failure of over 80 percent of students in examinations taken in May 2017.

Parliament and the General Legal Council will be among the recipients of the petitions according to an SRC Vice-President, Lenin Anane Adjei.

“[Today] we are going to submit petitions to the General Legal Council, we will submit petitions to the Parliamentary Commission on Subsidiary Legislation and also petition the independent examination board in order to gain access to the marking scheme,” he said on Eyewitness News.

“…and also we’ll submit a petition for students who demand their scripts to be allowed to see their scripts since past experience with the IEB [Independent Examination Board] have shown that in situations where they have made such scripts available there were some errors in the tallying of marks,” Mr. Adjei added.

These petitions will follow reports that only 91 out of over 500 students passed in all 10 courses from the exams taken in May 2017.

The students have since also questioned the credibility of the school’s Independent Examination Board (IEB).

Unreasonable re-mark fee

Mr. Adjei also expressed displeasure with the GHc 3,000 fee one has to pay for remarking.

He insisted that it was not in the best interest of legal education in the country to charge 3,000 cedis for remarking.

“We are saying that the GHc 3000 per script is a figure that is on the high side and students can simply not afford it; and so there should be a reduction in that price… we think that it is unconscionable to demand GHc 3000 per script in order to grant a remark.”

“It is in excess; telling us we cannot come for remarking at all because how many people living in the country see GHc 3,000 at the end of the year,” he asserted.

Call for independent re-marking

At a press conference on Wednesday, the students demanded that General Legal Council allow independent examiners to mark the law student’s papers.

“That re-marking, ideally, should be done within thirty days,” Mr. Adjei, told Citi News.

Though no ultimatum has been given the General Legal Council, Lenin Anane Adjei said it was imperative that the students’ examination papers were given a second eye.

“If they decided to re-mark and it is going beyond the thirty days, we do not have a problem, but the bottom line is that the General Legal Council should intervene and bring in independent examiners or give our scripts to people who are not part of the IEB.”

He noted that there will be a call to the bar in October 2018 so the student’s concerns must be addressed before then.

“…The call in October demands that between now and somewhere in June or July, students should be able to have all these things remedied so that those who after going through the system would qualify, are called to the bar.”

By: Delali Adogla-Bessa/