Mass Bar exams failure: Law students declare ‘Red Day’

Source: Ghana | | George Nyavor |
Date: 21st-february-2018 Time:  05:03:49 am

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Aggrieved students of the Ghana Law School have declared Wednesday a "Red Day" across all campuses to show their disapproval of the results of the 2017 Bar exams which saw a whopping 81% of students failing.

All law students are expected to wear red as a sign of protest against the disappointing results, which the Ghana Law School Students’ Representative Council (SRC) has described as an “injustice”.

The SRC executives and an agitated group of students are also expected to hold  a  press conference on Wednesday at 1:00 pm at  the  Accra  main  campus  of the law school on the matter and  subsequently  submit a petition to the “appropriate  authorities”  on the results, according to a circular to students sighted by Joy News. 

“All students are entreated to turn up for the press conference with their red bands [Wednesday] at the  Accra main campus,” the circular urged students.

The SRC had rejected the results on Tuesday when it became public that only 91 students, representing 19% of the total students, passed the important exams that would allow them to be admitted into the hallowed profession.

Of the 474 students who wrote the exams, a total of 206 are to repeat the entire course after failing the final Bar exams.

Another 177 students have been referred in one or two papers.

The SRC is convinced the results could not have been the true reflection of the exams written by the students.

The Council is, therefore, demanding a remarking of all the failed papers with a drastic reduction in the remarking fee from ¢3,000 to ¢500.

“In line with the rules of natural justice that a man cannot be a judge in his own court, the IEB [Independent Examination Board], cannot be in charge of the remarking of the scripts concerned. We cannot trust that the IEB will be candid enough to expose their own flaws. We are therefore calling on the GLC [General Legal Council] to appoint credible independent and professional examiners to mark all failed scripts again,” SRC Secretary, Abena Asare-Boye, said in a communiqué.

In a roadmap towards a total rejection of the result which the SRC said was “dispiriting and upsetting,” the Council said it was considering taking legal action against the authorities if the results were allowed to stand.

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The mass failure comes at a time when the GLC is pushing to give legal backing for a stringent process for admission into the Ghana Law School amidst a fierce opposition from some eminent legal practitioners and law professors.

The GLC has said falling standards in the legal profession are a justification for the admission process.

A member of the GLC, Professor Kofi Quashigah, who made the revelation, said Judges at the various courts have complained many times about poor standards in the law profession.

The GLC hopes to legislate the stringent admission process, which includes a special examination and an interview process.


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