A private legal practitioner and an aide to former President John Mahama has said the National Democratic Congress (NDC) would have averted the hustle LLB holders go through to gain entrance to the Ghana School of Law.
Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, who was speaking to Okatakyie Afrifa-Mensah on Asempa Yetia show on Power 97.9 FM, indicated that the NDC in its 2020 manifesto had a clear policy that would have given thousands the opportunity to gain entrance to law schools across the country if they had won power last year.
The 2021 Ghana School of Law entrance exams saw 28 percent of the LLB candidates pass into Ghana’s only institution for training lawyers.
790 out of 2,824 candidates passed the exam.
The pass rate is in line with previous years, except for 2020, where 1,045 students out of 2,763 passed the entrance examination.
Tamakloe said the system of entry into the Ghana school of law has altered totally and the governing New Patriotic party (NPP) has not exhibited enough commitment to making it accessible to LLB holders.
He revealed that the NDC’s ‘Peoples Manifesto’ offers hope for persons who want to study in the law school popularly known as ‘Makola Law School’.
Reacting to questions on how to have easy access to the law school, Mr Tamakloe said that “infrastructure can adequately, address the issue of access to the Law school.”
Lawyer Edudzi Tamakloe referring to the NDC’s promise of reforming and expanding the school prior to the 2020 general elections, “Law is an essential matter thus ensuring the stability of the Country.If it is essential then we should rather make it affordable and accessible.”
He added, that “a political will of this government can help make the law profession easily accessible…People want the profession to be exclusive.”
To him, the fees for law students at the Ghana School of Law are too high and have been a barrier for many to be in the school, assuring that a future NDC government will stand by its promise and change the status quo which he described as “pathetic.”