On Friday, October 29,2021,members of Parliament by a unanimous resolution, directed the General Legal Council, a statutory body responsible for the regulation of legal education in Ghana, to admit all 499 LLB students unfairly denied admission to the Ghana School of Law in the 2021/2022 academic year.
In response to the directive from Parliament of Ghana, the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice says parliament cannot direct the GLC to admit the 499 students just by a resolution.
The Attorney General (AG) further stated that the issue at hand requires Executive and not parliamentary intervention in accordance with section 1(5) of Act 32. The AG again stated that President has already engaged his office to look into the matter.
In a letter written to the Chairman of the General Legal Council by the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to grant admission to all 499 law students who were denied entry into the Ghana law School for the 2021/2022 academic year.
In the letter issued to the GLC, he explained that his decision stems from the fact that there is the perception '' of a lack transparency and doubt abiut the admission processes into the School of Law.,created by the manner in which the admission processes were handled by the GLC in the 2021/2022 academic year, as well as the public interest ''
“These circumstances, in my respectful view, warrant a reconsideration of the decision not to admit the 499 candidates. I am aware that arrangements have been put in place already for commencement of the first year professional law course by candidates deemed to have passed the entrance examination for the 2021/2022 academic year”.
As a result of that “pursuant to Section 1(5) of Act 32, I advise the GLC to: (a) grant deferred admission to the 499 candidates with effect from May, 2022”.
“A special provision can be made for the first year professional law course by candidates already admitted to run from October, 2021 to April, 2022. The 499 candidates may undertake their programme from May, 2022 and ending in November, 2022. Arrangements will have to be put in place for the two sets of candidates to undertake their pupilage and be called to the Bar at a common date in the next two years.”
He further suggested to the GLC to “grant admission to the entire 499 candidates with effect from November, 2021 and provision made for the organization of classes in a way as to be able to cater for the needs of the entire candidates of the Part One Course of Professional Law Programme”.
The Attorney General continued with anothet recommendation to the GLC that for them to “organize a special examination in November, 2021 to accord the 419 candidates an opportunity to justify admission into the Law School for the 2021/2022 academic year. Such examination may be on “essay questions” which properly assess the ability of candidates to reason legally and resolve practical problems”.
Concluding his letter, Godfred Dame implored applicants to register for the entrance examination for the 2022/2023 academic year, informing the GLC that ‘the basis for a determination of successful candidates be clearly spelt out, in order to avoid a reoccurrence of the situation experienced this year”.
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