The Students’ Representative Council of the Ghana School of Law says it’s meeting with the President was not to undermine the work of the Justice Sophia Adinyirah Committee probing mass exams failure at the school.
The SRC had petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo to among other things direct the Attorney-General to further direct the General Legal Council to fast track action on their concerns.
The students, who met with the President on Monday, had also petitioned the General Legal Council, Parliament and the President over the mass failure debacle.
The General Legal Council had already tasked the Justice Adinyira Committee to investigate the issue and come out with possible ways of rectifying the mass exams failures.
The students say President Akufo-Addo’s involvement will speed up work.
President of the SRC, Emmanuel Kobby Amoah told Citi News that they had first written to the President as far back as March 2019.
“We didn’t meet the president because we didn’t have confidence in the committee. We even wrote to the President before the committee was set up. However, since the opportunity was given…we believe the President will intervene if he gets to know things from our perspective.”
The Justice Sophia Adinyirah Committee has since called on the public to make input into its work to ensure enduring reforms at the School.
The Committee was announced by the General Legal Council last week to investigate the causes of the steady decline in the pass rate in the Bar Examinations.
It has also been tasked to make appropriate short, medium and long term recommendations.
Only 9 percent of the students are said to have passed the 2018 bar exam.
This was worse than the 2017 results which had more than 80% of students fail, as only 91 out of the over 500 candidates passed.
Almost 300 students had to repeat the entire course, whilst 170 students were referred.
At the time, many of the students blamed the Independent Examination Board for the mass failure whilst others blamed the existing curriculum.