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Law students boycott 'special classes' for repeated students

By Wendy Amarteifio
Law students
Law students boycott 'special classes' for repeated students

The students of the Ghana school of law have boycotted 'special classes 'designed for repeated students who failed the bar examination.

Only 64 students passed the examination out of the total number of  525 students who sat for the bar examination. 284 students were asked to repeat and rewrite all the 10 courses of programmes they registered, while 177 others who were referred in various papers will have to inquiry those papers.

The law students have petitioned Parliament to set up a committee of enquiry to look into the recent high rate of failure among students of the school. Adding to that, they also want the committee to consider their claim that some of the questions set in examinations were outside the syllabus assigned to them by the authorities of the school.

The students in a letter signed by the SRC president of the school, Emmanuel Kwabena Owusu Amoah addressed to the director of the Ghana Law School, they said:

“We are deeply concerned about the conduct and management of our examinations which we believe is partly responsible for the high rate of failure.”

“We are equally concerned about the repeat policy which we think is unfair resulting in a large number of students who are struggling to graduate from the school. This unfairness also finds expression in the new reforms that have reversed to the old system of repeating students who fail more than 2 out of 6 subjects in part one and more than 2 out of 4 subjects in part 2. If this policy were to apply fairly then only students who fail more than 6 out of 10 courses should be repeated.”

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Below is the full letter

BOYCOTT OF SPECIAL CLASSES

We have taken note of the Notice of Special Classes for repeat students. We wish to state without equivocation that we do not think that the challenges facing students of the Ghana School of Law border on teaching and learning.

We are deeply concerned about the conduct and management of our examinations which we believe is partly responsible for the high rate of failure.

We are equally concerned about the repeat policy which we think is unfair resulting in a large number of students who are struggling to graduate from the school.

This unfairness also finds expression in the new reforms that have reversed to the old system of repeating students who fail more than 2 out of 6 subjects in part one and more than 2 out of 4 subjects in part 2. If this policy were to apply fairly then only students who fail more than 6 out of 10 courses should be repeated.

Besides, the capacity of the classrooms for the special classes is far less than the over 450 students that are required to take the classes.

Based on the above reasons, we wish to put on record that our petition on the above grievances are before the General Legal Council, Parliament, the Council of State and the President.

We do not intend to indulge in any act that will be prejudicial to our efforts to seek redress to our grievances.

We wish to respectfully submit that we have resolved not to participate in the Special Classes pending the determination of the issues in our petition. Sincerely,

EMMANUEL KWABENA OWUSU AMOAH PRESIDENT

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