A Deputy Attorney General, Mr Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, has urged some nearly 1,700 law students who were failed in the recent entrance exam to call for re-marking if they, indeed, believe they passed.
Out of the 1,820 candidates who sat for the Ghana School of Law Entrance Exam 2019, only 128 of them passed, according to the results posted on the notice board of the school.
The examination was in two parts: two written questions and objectives.
There was a similar magnitude of failure last year.
Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo earlier this year stated that the mass production of lawyers will not happen under her watch.
She stated: “Those of you lawyers and those of you lecturers who are busy advocating free scale, mass admissions into the professional law course, and mass production of lawyers, be careful what you wish for.”
“So long as I have anything to do with it, it won’t happen. Just like you can’t mass-produce doctors and surgeons, Ghanaians must not have mass-produced lawyers imposed on them,” the Chief Justice said when she addressed the Bench, Bar and Faculty Conference at the Labadi Beach Hotel on the theme: ‘The Changing Landscape in the Law – the Judge, the Lawyer and the Academic’.
Speaking to Accra-based Joy FM’s morning show on Wednesday, 25 September 2019 about the mass failure, Mr Kpemka told Daniel Dadzie that: “Unfortunate as it is, we have to encourage people to go the extra mile to learn and sit up and do what is right”.
He added: “If you have failed in this particular exam, there are channels, the door is not closed. If you really believe and you have the conviction that you passed but they have failed you, you can actually write an application for re-marking; it’s allowed by law, normally, and if you re-mark and you pass, why not?” he said, recalling: “There have been cases in the past in which people applied for re-marking and they passed”.
When the host drew his attention to the fact that the candidates are made to sign an undertaken never to challenge the results before sitting for the exam, Mr Kpemka said: “If somebody finds that unconscionable or unlawful, you challenge that in court and let the court make a pronouncement on whether or not it is lawful to tell a person to sign that whatever results come out of an examination, he should accept it; it can be challenged because we are in a country of rules”.