Parliament calls for 5 changes in Law School exams after mass failure

Parliament is asking the General Legal Council (GLC) to re-open the period for re-marking of 2017/2018 exam scripts so students who failed can take advantage of it.

The House is also asking the Ghana School of Law (GSL ) to reduce the re-marking fee from ¢3,000 to ¢500 so the students can apply for re-marking.

These were part of the five recommendations Parliament’s Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee made after it was petitioned by the Students Representative Council (SRC) of the Law School.

These recommendations come after the SRC petitioned Parliament last month after more than 80 per cent of the students who wrote last year’s exams failed.

Chairman of the Committee, Ben Abdallah Banda said in a report to the House that their recommendations are to mitigate “the massive failures recorded by in the 20017/18 New Professional Law Examinations.”

As part of the recommendations, the Committee wants the adoption of an offsite marking retreat to ensure speedy re-marking of scripts.

Also, it wants all the making schemes and examiner’s report made available to students and lecturers of the GLC.

Further, the legislators want the “IEC to consider holding Supplementary Examination for all referred candidates in the 2018 Professional Law Course Examination in a timely manner to ensure that successful candidates are enrolled in a year.”

Mr. Banda said the Committee has planned to engage all stakeholders in the legal education sector to consider the Legal Profession (Amendment) Bill, 2018 which has been laid in the House and currently before the Committee.

On his part, SRC President at the GSL, Kwabena Owusu Amoah, told Joy News they are generally satisfied with the recommendations of parliament and is urging the GLC to adopt it.

Source: Fiilafmonline/Joy

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