A former Director of the Ghana School of Law, Kwaku Ansa Asare, says the General Legal Council (GLC) lacks the competence to supervise or task any entity to administer entrance examination into the Ghana School of Law.
He says the Council should have been scrapped shortly after Ghana attained Republican Status.
Mr. Asare was contributing to a discussion on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on the state of legal education in the country.
The discussion was premised on the recent mass failures recorded in the entrance examination into the Ghana School of law.
Only 790 out of over 2,000 students gained admission this year after taking the entrance examination.
Already there are agitations at various levels regarding the outcome of the exam.
Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana Fellow in Pubic Law and Justice Prof Stephen Asare has filed a Right to Information request asking to see the raw scores of all students who wrote the exam.
Another request has been made to the Speaker of Parliament by Francis Xavier Sosu, a member of parliament’s Constitutional, Legal, and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, to make the raw scores available.
The Council is the main regulatory body for conducting and administering legal education and profession in Ghana.
It is headed by the Serving Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, who is joined by the Judicial Secretary and other appointed members, including the three senior-most Supreme Court Justices, the Attorney General, and his nominee, the President, Vice President and Secretary of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and the Ashanti regional Bar President.
“Quite a number of them do not appear to understand and appreciate legal education. Most of them know next to nothing about legal education. The body, the General Legal Council, should have been scrapped soon after Ghana attained Republican Status.
“They should establish a National Council of Legal education to be made up of people who have the expertise,” Mr. Asare argued on the super morning show.
He insisted the mass failures will continue like Accra’s perennial floods until this is done.