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499 students grateful to President, A-G

BY: Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson
Mr Martin Kpebu (arrowed) with a section of the 499 students
Mr Martin Kpebu (arrowed) with a section of the 499 students

The 499 students who are battling to gain admission into the Ghana School of Law (GSL) have expressed gratitude to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo -Addo, and the Attorney -General (A-G), Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, for listening to their plights and facilitating their admission process into the GSL.

The students expressed their appreciation yesterday after the General Legal Council (GCL) informed them they would be admitted into the GSL.

They have also extended appreciation to Parliament, the media, lawyers, non-government organisations and the members of the public who stood by them and fought for their cause.

Lawyer for the students, Mr Martin Kpebu , expressed gratitude on their behalf in an interview with the media after he and leaders of the students met the GLC yesterday.

The meeting was held behind close doors at the A-G’s Department in Accra.

After the meeting, Mr Kpebu told the media that the GLC had formally informed the students that it had decided to admit all the 499 students into the GSL.

“What is heartwarming is that the GLC has decided to admit the 499 students , but the commencement date is what is currently being worked upon,” he said.

He said the GLC gave the students an opportunity to share their views about the commencement date, and informed them that they would take their inputs into consideration when it comes out with the final decision on the commencement date.

Gratitude

Mr Kpebu said the development was a positive step and expressed appreciation on behalf of his clients.

“We express our profoundest gratitude to all the stakeholders who fought for us.

The President, the A-G, Parliament, CSOs and the GLC,

“We are very grateful that for the first time having admitted a certain number of students has subsequently agreed to admit a second group from one set of exams,” he said.

Background

On November 1, the A-G, wrote a letter advising the GLC to admit all the 499 students.

Mr Dame’s letter followed two separate petitions to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo by the students.

The President directed the A-G to take action on the petitions.

In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the GLC, Mr Dame said the admission process into the GSL was done in a manner which “created doubts about transparency.”

He therefore outlined three ways in which the admission of the 499 students into the GSL could be done

Deferred admission

First, he said, the students could be offered deferred admission in May 2022.

“A special provision can be made for the first-year professional course by candidates already admitted to run from October 2021 to April 2022.

The 499 students may undertake their programme from May 2022 and end in November 2022.

“Arrangements will have to be out in place for the two sets of candidates to undertake their pupilage and be called to the Bar on a common date in the next two years,” he said.

Admission now

The second piece of advice from the A-G was for the GLC to admit all the 499 students now, with effect from November 2021, with “provision made for the organisation of classes in a way as to be able to cater for the needs of the entire candidates to take part in the course of the Professional Law Programme”.

Special admission

The third option from the A-G is for the GLC to organise special admission examination for the students.

“This is to accord the 499 candidates an opportunity to justify admission to the Law School for the 2021/2022 academic year.

Such an examination may be on essay questions which properly assess the ability of the candidates to reason legally and resolve practical problems,” he added.

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