- A professor of law and accounting, Stephen Asare, has given an insight into the inability of Ghanaian universities to appear in a global ranking of law faculties
- No Ghanaian university was listed in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings
- According to him, it is important for Ghana to dissolve the General Legal Council (GLC)
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Stephen Asare, a Ghanaian professor of law and accounting, has shared his opinion on the release of the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
According to him, a number of factors could be identified as the reasons behind the inability of Ghanaian university to appear in the rankings.
In his opinion, the General Legal Council (GLC) and the Ghana School of Law (GSL) have not lived up to their mandate.
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For that reason, he explained, the framework to turnaround the fate of legal education in Ghana remains the same, leaving no room for transformation.
Professor Asare, also known as Kweku Azar, explained that South Africa, which claimed all the slots for Africa in the ranking, has unique features which make legal education at the tertiary level appealing and practical.
The University of Pretoria topped the African ranking with a score of 41.8 out of 100, and claimed the 90th position in the world.
Ghana, he went on, is yet to such tactics, and for that reason, lags behind with respect to the benefits of legal education.
He revealed that unlike South Africa, Ghana is yet to demonstrate the quality and use of the five key metrics adopted in the ranking.
The metrics adopted were Teaching, Research, Citations, International Flavour and Industry Income.
Professor Asare has been in the news for championing the reformation of legal education in the country.
Out of the almost 2000 candidates for the 2019 Law Entrance Examination organised by the GLC, only 128 of them passed, a situation he has constantly described as a sham and a scam.
The incident, as well as other related issues, brought to national attention, the challenges of legal education in Ghana.
Calls for reformation of the system are yet to be heeded to and at present, the GLC remains the statutory body responsible for the legal education in the country.
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