Parliament acted wrongly in directing GLC to admit 499 students, says Professor Adei

Professor Stephen Adei says Parliament rushed in directing the General Legal Council (GLC) to admit the 499 students who failed to gain entry to the Ghana School of Law

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  • "Parliament is not there to decide admission criteria to a university and I hope that they [Parliament] and Attorney General can settle it."

The educationist and economist Professor Stephen Adei says Parliament acted wrongly in directing the General Legal Council (GLC) to admit all 499 of the aggrieved law students who were denied admission to enter the Ghana School of Law.

He said the legislature is not there to decide admission criteria to a university in the country.

On Friday (29 October) Parliament passed a resolution to compel the General Legal Council (GLC) to admit all the 499 aggrieved law students who obtained at least 50% in the entrance exams but had been denied admission to the Ghana School of Law.

Bipartisan support

The resolution received bipartisan support after the deputy Majority leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, and the deputy Minority leader, James Avedzi, made a case for the resolution to be passed. The resolution also compelled the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to see to it that the GLC enforces the resolution.

But Professor Adei says it was wrong for Parliament to give such a directive.

“I don’t think that so far there has been any indication that there was a certain standard which was set and changed,” he said. “It’s not true …

“There is an unnecessary hype in the sense that … Parliament has come in to give directives.” He was speaking with Nana Yaa Mensah on Sunday Night.

“I think that … they acted wrongly. They were a bit too rushed.

“Parliament is there to make laws. Parliament is not there to decide admission criteria to a university and I hope that they [Parliament] and the Attorney General can settle it and not escalate it. Because, if they do, unfortunately the only thing is that they have to go to the Supreme Court for them to interpret whether the constitution allows Parliament to do so, which they must try and avoid.

“If they don’t, it will not be good for either institution.

“… I think it will be important for us to note that … more and more people want to do law, but at the moment our facility is very limited. We must look for a long-term solution and not an immediate one.”

Watch the interview in full below:

“Examining body”

Professor Adei added, “I’m not a lawyer, but my personal position is this: probably the General Legal Council should convert themselves into an institution such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing or Accountancy – they only examine and allow other institutions which can train them [lawyers].

”Of course they must make sure that those who are training them have the requisite qualifications and experience, because, in this case, it’s not a matter of academic training … and then they’ll come and do the examination. 

”For example, when people go and do ACCA and 5,000 do it and only 50 pass, nobody accuses them. I think that, in the long run, there may be the need for more law schools.”

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