The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame has explained that the General Legal Council (GLC) has not stated anywhere that the pass mark for the entrance exams into the Ghana School of law is 50 percent as being speculated.
According to a letter addressed to the Speaker of Parliament by the Attorney General following a resolution by Parliament directing the General Legal Council to admit some 499 students who allegedly passed but were denied admission, the Attorney General stated that it is a wrong impression created that the pass mark was 50 percent.
Out of the 2,820 who sat the entrance exams to the Ghana Law School in 2021, only 790 were said to have met the pass mark required to guarantee their admission to the only legal profession training institute in Ghana – the Ghana School of Law.
Some 499 students challenged that the pass mark for the entrance exams has always been 50 percent in both sections of the exams.
The students therefore petitioned Parliament and a resolution passed which was read by the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Wusu saying that “The General Legal Council is hereby directed to proceed and admit all the students who passed in accordance with the advertised rules of the examination.”
However, the Attorney General who has responded to the directive in a letter to Parliament stated that nowhere did the GLC in its advertisement say the pass mark was 50 percent.
“The notice in the Daily Graphic of May 14, 2021, inviting applications from suitably qualified Ghanaians for admission into the Ghana School of Law did not state a pass mark of 50% or any at all as a basis for admission.
“The notice stated that applicants may be granted admission if they have passed the entrance examination conducted by the GLC.
“The notice also did not state the manner in which a pass mark set by the GLC would be determined. It is clear; therefore, that contention that the “originally announced” or “advertised” pass mark was “50%” is erroneous and insupportable,” according to the letter from the Attorney General.