The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana School of Law, is demanding the remarking of their examination scripts following the revelation that over 80 percent of persons who wrote the May 2017 exams failed.
In an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, the President of the school’s SRC, Sammy Gyamfi, said the scripts should be given to “a credible and independent body” for remarking.
“Clearly this is a sad day for professional legal education for Ghana. The published results are very dispiriting and discouraging, very disappointing and clearly unacceptable. The results as we have now don’t reflect the true performance of the students. We can’t vouch for the integrity of these results, the integrity of the results is questionable.”
“We believe that systems must be put in place to ensure that independent, credible and professional examiners re-mark the scripts concerned and subject this whole process to an objective assessment whether or not the right things were done under the circumstances. There were fundamental flaws; the circumstances surrounding the whole examination; the delay in the release of the results, the marking; information available to us all point to the fact that something is fundamentally flawed with the entire process. All we are seeing now is not all there is. If we go deeper into the issues and allow independent, credible and professional examiners to remark the failed scripts, we are very confident that a lot more students will pass,” he added.
Sammy Gyamfi further demanded that the Independent Examination Body be scrapped because according to him, it does not have the mandate or competence to organize examinations in the country.
“We think they are inefficient, they are ineffective and are toying with the future of innocent students at the Ghana School of Law. It’s incumbent on the GLC, which created that body in the first place to make sure that the body is totally scrapped and that, appropriate systems are put in place to ensure that sad occurrences like this are averted in the future.”
All these controversies are coming 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.