THE PRESIDENT EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE IN HIS LETTER THAT THE GLC WOULD RESOLVE THE CONCERNS “AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE”.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, in May this year, officially wrote to Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo to undertake legal education reforms in Ghana, a letter has revealed.
The President, in his letter dated 7 May 2019, made a case for six issues which, in his view, required the General Legal Council’s “urgent” attention.
PORTIONS OF THE LETTER READ: “LET ME REITERATE THAT I FORWARD THESE CONCERNS TO YOU, WITH EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT THE GENERAL LEGAL COUNCIL, UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP, CAN RESOLVE THESE MATTERS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO BRING CLARITY AND TRANSPARENCY TO LEGAL EDUCATION IN GHANA”.
They included the amendment to a nearly 60-year-old law, the Legal Professions Act, undue delays in the release of examination questions, setting of questions outside the marking scheme and the cost of remarking scripts.
The President expressed confidence in his letter that the GLC would resolve the concerns “as quickly as possible”.
At the time, the President also expressed the hope that the issues would be settled by June 2019.
Portions of the letter read: “Let me reiterate that I forward these concerns to you, with every confidence that the General Legal Council, under your leadership, can resolve these matters as quickly as possible to bring clarity and transparency to Legal education in Ghana”.
“It would be welcomed if the resolution of these matters, especially those related to the examinations, are conducted before the next set of final examinations for June 2019.”