Aggrieved 499 ‘failed’ law students appeal to His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
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Despite passing the 2021 Ghana School of Law entrance exam, The 499 law students who were denied admission into law school have appealed to the President to intervene.
According to the students, their supposed failure was a travesty of Justice, which they believe should be amended straightaway.
A press conference was held in Accra on Monday, October 18 where they stated that ‘on 15th October, 2021, we petitioned the Office of the President, appealing to His Excellency to use his Executive authority to come to our aid, in our quest for justice and to vindicate our fundamental human rights as enshrined in Chapter 5 of the 1992 Constitution of our dear country. As we speak, we are yet to receive a response from the high office of the President.’
According to their speech, they have a belief that President Akufo-Addo, who, for all intent and purposes, has proven to be a renowned human right lawyer and freedom fighter, would rise to the occasion and do justice to our legitimate grievances.
They went ahead to appeal to the President to cause his official Representative on the GLC, the Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame Esq, who is clothed with powers under the Legal Profession Act, 1960 (Act 32), to order the General Legal Council and for that matter the Ghana School of Law, to comply with their own rules of engagement and within the confines of the law, by admitting the remaining 499 candidates who passed the entrance exams.
They felt it was unfair for some students who had lesser scores as compared to them to gain admission to the Ghana School of Law while they were denied admission. ‘Even more bizarre is the fact that, most of us in the 499 group obtained higher marks than some of the admitted candidates in the 790 supposed passed list. For instance, how can you explain why a candidate who obtains more than 60% in an exam is deemed to have failed and therefore not eligible for admission whereas another candidate who obtains 50% in the same exams is deemed to have passed and therefore offered admissions? Such logic! This certainly can only be one of the wonders of the world, and can only happen in the lexicon of the Ghana School of Law.’
The Student Representative Council of the Law School has petitioned The GLC to reexamine this matter.