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Repeated Ghana Law School students boycott special classes

Students who failed to pass the final exams at the Ghana School of Law have declined a 'special classes' offer.

Ghana School of Law

The students have served notice that they won't be able to attend the classes intended to help them re-write the failed papers.

They believe the management of the Law School are to blame for the mass failure of students this year and not on teaching.

In a letter addressed to the director of the Ghana School of Law, the students said: “We are deeply concerned about the conduct and management of our examinations which we believe is partly responsible for the high rate of failure.”

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Out of 525 students who sat for the Law exams, only 64 passed in all the papers. Two hundred and eighty-four students were asked to repeat and rewrite all the 10 courses of programmes they registered.

READ THEIR FULL LETTER BELOW

BOYCOTT OF SPECIAL CLASSES

We have taken note of the Notice of Special Classes for repeat students. We wish to state without equivocation that we do not think that the challenges facing students of the Ghana School of Law border on teaching and learning.

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We are deeply concerned about the conduct and management of our examinations which we believe is partly responsible for the high rate of failure.

We are equally concerned about the repeat policy which we think is unfair resulting in a large number of students who are struggling to graduate from the school.

This unfairness also finds expression in the new reforms that have reversed to the old system of repeating students who fail more than 2 out of 6 subjects in part one and more than 2 out of 4 subjects in part 2. If this policy were to apply fairly then only students who fail more than 6 out of 10 courses should be repeated.

Besides, the capacity of the classrooms for the special classes is far less than the over 450 students that are required to take the classes.

Based on the above reasons, we wish to put on record that our petition on the above grievances are before the General Legal Council, Parliament, the Council of State and the President.

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We do not intend to indulge in any act that will be prejudicial to our efforts to seek redress to our grievances.

We wish to respectfully submit that we have resolved not to participate in the Special Classes pending the determination of the issues in our petition. Sincerely,

EMMANUEL KWABENA OWUSU AMOAH PRESIDENT

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