Kwaku Azar gets ‘ammunition’ against GLC after mass Bar exams failure

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By Lorlornyofm February 20, 2018 21:17

The mass failure recorded in last year’s Ghana Bar exams appear to have strengthened the cause of a US-based Ghanaian professor who has been campaigning for reforms in Ghana’s law education.

Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare said the 81percent failure rate in the 2017 Bar exams is “one more proof” that the entrance exams and interviews designed to select quality students are not good assessment tools.

Out of the total 474 students who sat for the 2017/2018 final exams at the Ghana School of Law, a staggering 383 students failed while only 91 passed.

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The revelation comes at a time the General Legal Council (GLC) is seeking to legalise the entrance examination as part of the admission processes at the School through a Legislative Instrument (L.I) that will mature on March 15.

The Supreme Court held in June 2017 the entrance exams and interviews required of potential law students are unconstitutional and directed the GLC to take steps to amend portions of L.I1296.

Already, some lawmakers and LLB students have been opposed to the passage of the L.I but the GLC appears bent on getting its way.

Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak is in talks with other Members of Parliament (MPs) to get the required two-thirds majority to throw out the LI.

The GLC has warned it may not be able to admit students for the 2018/2019 academic year if the law is not passed by Parliament.

But about 81percent of the students admitted by the Council through its admission processes failed to pass the Bar exams in 2017, a development Kwaku Azar has described as disturbing.

“The madness of the unruly GLC continues unabated as only 91 out of 474 LLB graduates, selected based on the unlawful entrance examinations and interviews, are deemed qualified to be called to the Bar,” he said in a Facebook post Tuesday.

To the Forensic Accountant, the failure rate is proof that the entrance examinations and interviews are not just “illegal and unethical but they are also entirely non-diagnostic.”

“That is, the argument that they are designed to select quality graduates must fail on this performance report,” Kwaku Azar said, charging the lawmakers once more to throw out the LI.

 

 

Lorlornyofm
By Lorlornyofm February 20, 2018 21:17
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