KNUST should consider setting up autonomous School of law-Ag. Director, Ghana School of Law

KNUST should consider setting up autonomous School of law-Ag. Director, Ghana School of Law

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has been asked to consider setting up an autonomous law school.

The university’s law school presently is a branch of the Ghana School of Law.

At the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Kumasi Campus of the Ghana School of law however, the Acting Director of the Ghana School of Law, in response to the theme of the event stated that the way forward was for the KNUST to set up her own autonomous law school.

Mr. Maxwell Opoku-Agyemang praised the Kumasi campus and stated that the KNUST campus has paid its dues as far as the quest for quality professional legal education is concerned. He mentioned many prestigious awards picked up by students of the KNUST campus and urged them on.

He however lamented the limited infrastructure available to the law school and explained that it has made expansion of legal education a challenge. He stated that the triple track system that was started as an innovative way to deal with the increasing number of law students is proving to be unsustainable considering its toll on lecturers. He called on the government to support the Ghana School of law in their infrastructure projects in order to uphold a strong legal educational system that is also accessible to all who qualify. He also praised the leadership of the KNUST for waiving rent on their current facility to enable them use the building free of charge for their academic activities.

The main speaker for the event; Justice Mariama Owusu of Ghana’s Supreme Court advised against compromising on quality in the face of expanding legal education. She encouraged students to give full attention to their studies and explained that legal education is a continuous process that never ends since laws are constantly being enacted. She also stressed the need for the students to stick to the ethics of the legal profession and be courteous to their colleagues in the profession.

The Ghana Bar Association, represented by the Ashanti regional chair; Mr. Yaw Boafo, expressed their preparedness to support the school anytime their help is needed. He recalled and praised people through whose sacrifice the Kumasi campus came to be emphasizing Mr. Michael Djan.

The event, which was held at the law faculty auditorium of the KNUST was on the theme “10 years after the Kumasi campus, what next in professional legal education?”

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