President Akufo-Addo has said the alarming failure of students in the law school exams could be as a result of the students’ non-adherence to examination instructions.
He said people had the assertion that the high rate of failure was a deliberate attempt to cut down on the the number of lawyers produced in the country is baseless.
Addressing the leaders of the Ghana Bar Association at a meeting at the Jubilee House, the president dismissed claims of grade manipulation by a section of the Ghanaian public who insist that there appears to be a cabal working to ensure that majority of the students do not pass the exams.
“ There is a sense that there are conspiracies to deny some people access. I think all of us have a big responsibility to put the facts out so that people in Ghana can understand that there are no conspiracies and that the results when they come out are perhaps failures of instructions of the pupils themselves and not necessarily because there is some sinister manipulation of the system,” Akufo-Addo noted.
Akufo-Addo however indicated that the crucial role of lawyers in the socio-economic development of the country, cannot be taken for granted, hence he would use all means available to him to reverse this worrying trend.
“Part of the problem is the expectations. Despite all the attempts to vilify us, the profession is a popular one. People want to be lawyers because it’s an attractive profession and I take that as a compliment because they see the work of lawyers as valuable in terms of its contribution to social output. But we need to find the solution that will allow for continuity and peace in a manner that the results come”, he added.
The Ghana School of Law has over the years seen majority of its students recording poor results in the bar exams.
This year(2019) for instance, only nine percent of the students who sat for the exams passed their papers.
This situation has left lecturers, including Justices of the Supreme and Appeals Courts, together with some seasoned lawyers livid over what has been described as the worst Bar exam results recorded in the history of the school.
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