NAB, Ghana Legal Council partner to Improve Legal Education

The National Accreditation Board (NAB) and the General Legal Council (GLC) are collaborating to fine-tune plans on how best to improve the quality of legal education in the country.

Consequently, the two institutions last Wednesday met to identify challenges facing legal education in the country and to strategise on finding lasting solutions to those challenges.

The GLC, which is the statutory body mandated to regulate professional legal education in Ghana, was led to the meeting by a Supreme Court Judge, Justice Jones Dotse.

Collaboration

Briefing the Daily Graphic on the meeting, the Head of Public Relations of the NAB, Mr Lawrence Kwarteng-Ashia, said the areas discussed were minimum entry requirements into law programmes, staff qualification and staff strength, as well as physical facilities, financial and other resources needed to run law programmes.

He said the two bodies had also agreed to carry out review and assessment visits to all institutions running law programmes, during which they would check for compliance to the approved standards.

Mr Kwarteng-Ashia said both institutions further agreed on the need for strict quality control measures in order to improve the teaching and learning of law programmes at the tertiary level.

He said in his remarks, Justice Dotse drew attention to the massive failure of students aspiring to be lawyers over time, for which reason he said there was the need for both institutions to collaborate to improve standards in legal education.

Accreditation processes

On how institutions are accredited to run law programmes in the country, Mr Kwarteng-Ashia said the Acting Executive Secretary of the National Accreditation Board, Dr Kingsley Nyarko, made a presentation on the mandate and workings of the NAB.

He said Dr Nyarko enumerated the various processes that institutions seeking accreditation went through and the various quality assurance measures the NAB put in place to assure quality.

Mr Kwarteng-Ashia said the Acting executive secretary added that post-accreditation exercises such as academic audit, monitoring and investigative visits were but a few of the measures the board normally undertook to ensure that institutions conformed to the conditions for the granting of accreditation.

Joint monitoring

According to Mr Kwarteng-Ashia, the Chairman of the National Accreditation Board, Professor Kofi Awusabo-Asare, for his part, emphasised that it was imperative for both institutions to carry out joint monitoring of the activities of the 15 tertiary educational institutions offering law programmes to ensure that minimum standards were maintained.

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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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