Management of ABC News will, today, Tuesday, October 29, appear before the General Legal Council, (GLC) after it received an invitation by the Council over an interview one of its subsidiaries conducted wit a former Director of the Ghana School of Law, Kwaku Ansa Asare.
The invitation by the General Legal Council, under the directive of the Chief Justice, dated October 25, is in connection with a story on the recent mass failures that rocked the Ghana Law School.
Over 90 percent of students who sat for this year’s Ghana School of Law entrance examination failed to make the cut for admission. Out of 1,820 prospective students, only 128 reportedly passed. The development resurrected already existing public concerns about legal education in Ghana with some persons calling for a thorough probe into circumstances leading to such volume of failures annually.
Speaking to ABC News, Mr Ansa Asare, a former Director of the Ghana Law School, blamed the General Legal Council for the recurrent failures.
The Former Director of the Ghana Law School divulged, “So members of the General Legal Council to the extent that they have arrogated to themselves powers they don’t have. What they are trying to do is just perpetrating fraud on unsuspecting students. You came and write the exams and you will pass and you will pass only 128. We should go about this law school saga with a human face.”
It is unclear the reason for the summons as the letter of invitation to ABC News failed to stipulate such except for insisting that “You are to appear with the full recording of all your recent interviews with Mr. Kwaku Ansa Asare regarding the recent Ghana School of Law entrance examinations.”
While many have wondered if this move is one aimed at ‘silencing’ the media, management of ABC News disagrees.
A member of the management team at ABC News, Kwabena Kyenkyenhene Boateng, said he does not see the development as an attack on press freedom adding that the organisation will honour the invitation respectfully.
“I don’t see this as an attack on press freedom. I only see a situation where the Council needs further information on a story a subsidiary of the group has put out hence the invitation. We shall respectfully honour this invitation and ensure that we bring finality to the matter. We shall continue to put out compelling content to the many who turn to our platforms on television, print and online for credible news. We are on the side of truth and we report nothing but the truth so we are not worried at all,” he averred.
The team from ABC News is to appear before the General Council at 1pm today.