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By Nana Yaw Dwamena October 16, 2019 1957 200 comments

Members of the National Association of Law Students finally presented their petition on professional legal education to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House in Accra yesterday.

The petition was received on behalf of the President by Samuel Abu Jinapor, Deputy Chief of Staff.

An attempt by the students to present the petition last week met with resistance from the police. This followed some disagreements between the two sides, disrupting what was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration by the aggrieved students, who are demanding reforms to the country’s legal education.

Urgent consideration

Addressing the Deputy Chief of Staff, the leader of the students’ delegation, who is also the president of the Students Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana School of Law, Jonathan Alua, said it is the expectation of law students that the President will give urgent consideration to the concerns raised in their petition.

Mr Jinapor, receiving the petition, assured the students that the President “will certainly be given the petition forthwith”.

He added that the President will give consideration to their concerns as presented.

Police sued

Last week’s protest by law students followed massive failures in the Ghana School of Law’s 2019-20 entry examination, with only 128 out of 1,820 candidates passing.

Meanwhile, following the alleged manhandling of some of the demonstrating law students by the police, the SRC of the Ghana School of Law has petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to probe the matter.

The petition, dated October 14 and signed by the SRC president, prays CHRAJ to investigate the police for abuse of power and violations of the students’ rights and freedoms.

At least 13 protesters were arrested during the demonstration, but released the same day.

Police fired rubber bullets and showered protesters with blasts from water cannon. The violence began after a disagreement over the route for the demonstration.

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