Better to have unemployed lawyers than ignorant people – Fuseini

General News of Saturday, 3 March 2018



Inusah Fuseini, MP for Tamale Central

Ex-Roads Minister, Inusah Fuseini has made a case for the admission of more LLB students at the Law School, saying it is in the interest of Ghana.

The Tamale Central Member of Parliament (MP) argues it would be better to have unemployed lawyers roam the nation’s streets than ignorant people.

Mr Fuseini made the remark during a presentation at Joy FM’s Thought Leadership programme held at the Alisa Hotel Friday, to discuss challenges to legal education.

Tempers have been high after the General Legal Council (GLC)’s Legislative Instrument seeking to tighten the admission processes at the Law School was laid before Parliament.

The LI initially sought to legalise the entrance examination and interview as admission requirements to the Law School. The two were introduced in 2012 but the Supreme Court in 2017 held they were illegal and requested the GLC to take steps to address that.

Critics and some lawmakers opposed to the GLC were buoyed by the mass failure recorded in the 2017 Bar examination, which had only 91 students passing.

The LI has now received the approval of lawmakers after the interview component was eliminated following an agreement between the GLC and Parliament’s Subsidiary Legislation Committee.

But Mr Fuseini is questioning the government’s commitment to reforms at the Law School following the approval of the LI 2253.

He described the law as a temporary solution to a permanent problem that can no longer be postponed.

“The neater way to do is to allow accredited tertiary institutions to run courses and at the end get the GLC to set standard questions for students to write,” he proffered at the event.

But a senior law lecturer has suggested the dissolution of the Ghana School of Law (GSL) for its powers to be given to some accredited law faculties.

Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang wants the school to be converted to a Council for Professional Legal Education to supervise the Bar examination and training of specialised lawyers.

“Accredit these institutions and dissolve the Ghana School of Law,” he said of the various law faculties, adding the new path will save the country from the ‘impending’ disaster.

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