On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, law students who had been rejected by the General Legal Council (GLC) took to the streets to protest the council's discriminatory treatment. According to reports, the GLC turned down 499 applicants because they failed the entrance exam. However, the students maintained that the passing grade for Ghana Law School has always been 50%, explaining why they received a pass mark yet were still rejected by the GLC.
This prompted the Legislature, led by Rt. Hon. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, to convene a hearing on the topic and direct the General Legal Council to accept all 499 applications. But this morning, 1st November 2021, the Attorney General of the Republic of Ghana, Mr Godfred Dame on behalf of the GLC has written a letter to Parliament. He made it plain in his remark that Parliament has no authority over the admissions process at Ghana Law School.
"The council shall in the discharge of its functions comply with any general directives given by the Minister," Mr Godfred Dame said, citing article 106 of the 1992 constitution, section 1(5) of Act 32. He went on to say that the provision made it obvious that the Executive (Attorney General and Minister of Justice) has responsibility for the admission process in Ghana Law School, rather than Parliament.
The Attorney General also said that the notice advertised by the Daily Graphic newspaper on 14th May 2021 did state that the pass inviting applicants have to get 50% in the entrance exams to be admitted. The determination of the pass mark can only be determined by the GLC in consultation with the Attorney General and the Minister for Justice.
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