The National Association of Law students will embark on a demonstration on Monday 7th October, 2019 to Office of the President to present to him a petition.
AFROSAGES brings to you 8 frequently asked questions about the law students demo.
1. Why Are Law Students Demonstrating?
They are demonstrating against four (4) challenges namely,
a. Problematic entrance examination that fails students with LLB certificates
b. The high failure rates at the annual bar examination
c. The payment of an exorbitant fee of GHc 3000.00 per paper for remarking of scripts (which mostly leads to pass)
d. the unreasonable repeat policy requiring students who obtain “C” in three (3) subjects to repeat and retake all courses including those they’ve passed already.
Over the years, their petitions for significant reforms on these have fallen on deaf ears.
2. What Do Law Students Want?
a. A full-scale independent enquiry into the purported abysmal performance, with total remarking by an independent body of all scripts of candidates in the July 2019 Ghana School of Law entrance examination,the publication of the marking scheme and chief examiner’s report.
b. A repel of the Legal Profession (Professional and Post Law Course) Regulations 2018, LI 2355 which legalized the entrance exams,repeat policy and all the current problems.
c. A reduction in the remarking fee from GHc 3000.00 per paper to GHc 500.00 per paper.
d. All LLB holders be given automatic admission to undertake the professional law course at either their faculties, the school of law or the use of law firms, with published syllabi used by those admitted at the Ghana School of Law.
e. The post-call fees for Ghanaian citizens be reviewed from £6400 and fixed at £2000.
3. Who Can Join The Demonstration?
The General public; parents, lecturers,the clergy, traders, taxi drivers, trotro drivers and every well-meaning Ghanaian that believes in justice can join this protest.
4. When Is The Demonstration?
On Monday , October 7, 2019 at 7: 00am.
5. Where Is The Converging Point?
The Ghana School of Law, Accra Main Campus, Makola.
6. Where Are Demonstrators Marching To?
Through the High Streets to Jubilee House, Office of the President.
7. Why Target The President?
All laws in Ghana are to be implemented by the President, who has the power to order the Attorney General to direct the General Legal Council to reform legal education by law (Article 58 of the 1992 Constitution; Section 1(5) of Act 32).