Law students to petition Akufo-Addo, Chief Justice et al over leaked exams

Members of the Inter-Law Faculty Students Union are putting together a petition to be presented to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, Attorney General Gloria Akuffo as well as the General Legal Council over the leakage of last Friday’s entrance examination questions. Before the exams were written, the compulsory question and a marking scheme were said to have leaked especially for prospective students who wrote at the New N Block and the Central Cafeteria of the University of Ghana. The leaked documents made rounds on social media, particularly WhatsApp in the morning of Friday, according to sources. Speaking to TV3 on Midday Live on Monday, Yaa Asantewaa Opoku, a member of Union, said most of her mates were surprised to see the questions that had made rounds on social media prior to the exams appear ditto. Ms Asantewaa Opoku said even there was the exact repetition of the names used in the case studies in questions. The development, she pointed out, calls for the immediate dissolution of the Independent Examination Board (IEB) as it brings into disrepute the law exams and the Ghana School of Law, as a whole. “We are asking them to cancel the exams,” she told presenter Afua Tieku. She, however, said there was no marking scheme seen prior to the exams but after barely 30 minutes that was also seen with ditto questions. She indicated that a press conference will be held on Tuesday to detail their decision after which the petition will be sent to the aforementioned persons. They have two demands – to have IEB dissolved because “they have proven with time not to be trusted and they are so incompetent and we are asking them to cancel the examinations”. “These are the two major things we are requesting from the people I mentioned.” There have been calls not only for the entrance exams to be scrapped but also the entire Ghana School of Law. But the Chief Justice has been one of the exponents of the existence of the school. While the critics claim the School is a hurdle for many to be lawyers in Ghana, especially with the entrance exams, the exponents say it offers professional and practical lessons to would-be practitioners. During her vetting last year, Mrs Akuffo, who was a Supreme Court judge, said: “I’m not one of those who subscribe to the Ghana School of Law being scrapped. “What happens in the universities at the faculties of law is that they educate people academically on the law as a theory; on knowledge of the law. That is what faculties of laws do. “The Ghana School of Law is a professional training facility and that is where the theories learnt in classroom are supposed to be taught from a more practical point of view and when that is how it has been.”

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By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana ]]>