Govt must intervene in GLC, students’ impasse over legal education

There appears to be no end in sight to the impasse between the General Legal Council (GCL) and prospective law students over legal education in Ghana.

If anything at all, the problem has escalated following the clash between the police and the students who embarked on a peaceful demonstration on Monday.

For months, the students have been arguing with GCL over mass failure in the entrance examinations that enables them to undertake the professional course at the Ghana Law School at Makola.

While the students insist that the failures were orchestrated to limit access to legal education in the country, the GCL insists that there would be no mass admission of students into the Ghana Law School.

The GCL further says that it does not want to open up legal education when other professional courses are restricted. They gave examples as Doctors and Accountants.

The students countered the above position and insist that it is against their human right and unconstitutional for the GLC to use entrance exams and interviews to prevent them from accessing education at the Ghana Law School.

Interestingly, the public have been drawn into the debate and are divided over the positions taken by the two parties.

Frustrated by the stands taken by the GCL, the students took to the streets to demonstrate against the restricted legal education regime in the country.

Needless to say, the students clashed with the police when they insisted on presenting a petition to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in Accra.

Some of the students sustained injuries while 13 of them were arrested and later released by the police who have been condemned for using excess force against unarmed students on a peaceful march.

The Ghanaian Times is concerned that no solution has been found to the matter which was even before the Supreme Court as far back as June 2017.

We are worried because we do not see a solution in sight and do not also want the situation to escalate beyond what was witnessed on Monday.

That is why, we are calling on the government to intervene and bring an end to the impasse.

After all, the GLC is a creation of parliament and operates under the laws of the country and must be seen to be working in the interest of the people.

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