The Students Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana School of Law (GSL) has expressed discontent over infrastructure constraints on the outcome of legal education in the country.
According to the President of the SRC, most of the seventeen (17) law faculties in Ghana do not have the relevant facilities to admit and train student lawyers.
Wonder Victor Kutor says the phenomenon is a major contributing factor to the mass failures in the Ghana School of Law entrance examinations.
“The problems actually start from the faculties. Check the report which was published in 2019 or go to some of the faculties and check their law libraries.”
“Let’s be honest, not all the faculties have that strength to push legal education but it will be interesting for you to note that those faculties are rather admitting more students at the faculty level,” he bemoaned.
His comments follow the agitations and controversies surrounding this year’s entrance examination results.
Victor Kutor scored that the University of Ghana hosts some of the nicest law faculties with good facilities, yet, “look at the few numbers of students that are admitted to do the LLB, compared to other faculties that do not even have good libraries.”
He stated on Prime Morning on the Joy Prime channel that the General Legal Council can rent the University of Professional Studies, Accra campuses, and Civil Service Hall for the students to be trained.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Law Students says the lack of requisite infrastructure should not come as a justification for failing students.
President, Hassan Asare indicated that authorities in charge of giving accreditation to the faculties should do the needful by ensuring that the schools have what it takes to effectively educate law students.
“If the libraries are bad, you either stock them or you close them to ensure that it meets your expectations. But you shouldn’t push it on the students,” he noted.
This year, 2,824 applicants sat for the law entrance examinations and 1,289 passed.
Out of the 1,289, 790 were offered admission, according to an audit by the Law School SRC.