Rabu, 25 Januari 2012


Story: Zainabu Issah
THE General Legal Council will soon come up with a blueprint on the establishment of faculties of Law in the country.
This is to ensure that excellence and standards are not sacrificed on the altar of mediocrity as a result of the proliferation of institutions that train lawyers in the country.
The Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, said plans were far advanced to organise a stakeholders’ conference on the future of legal education in Ghana, particularly with regard to the admission of Law graduates to the Ghana School of Law.
The Chief Justice made this known in a speech read on her behalf by a Supreme Court judge, Mr Justice Julius Ansah, at the inauguration of the 21-member council of the Mountcrest University College and the matriculation ceremony of the first batch of students of the college in Accra on Saturday.
The council of the university college is under the chairmanship of Professor Emeritus William Cornelius Ekow-Daniels, a distinguished lawyer.
  The Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Mountcrest University College, Professor Emeritus A. Kodzo Paaku Kludze, administered the matriculation oath.
The university college was established on November 1,  2011 with 190  students, comprising 162 undergraduates in Law, Public Health and Health Service Management and 28 postgraduates in Law, Public
Health and Health Service Management.
Mrs Justice Wood said it was the expectation of the General Legal Council that the proliferation of Law faculties in the country would impact positively on the standard of legal education in the country.
“The General Legal Council will insist and ensure that standards are not sacrificed for mediocrity and it will also not hesitate to curb any excesses that may lead to the lowering of standards,” she stressed.
She said the establishment of the Mountcrest University College provided a breakthrough of opportunities at the higher educational level unknown in the history of tertiary education development.
“It is also a historic landmark to note that the first private tertiary institution in Law is offering programmes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels,” she said.
The Chief Justice expressed appreciation for the fact that the Faculty of Law at the Mountcrest University College had a world-class teaching faculty capable of producing and competent enough to produce first-class Law graduates who would be the pride of the nation.
“The persons and varied qualifications and experience they bring on board the council of the Mountcrest University College gives me the assurance that it is set to be the university college to beat and will progress steadily to the stage of maturity where it will give its own degrees and certificates sooner than the average university college currently takes to mature,” she added.
 A former Director of Ghana Law School and Proprietor of the Mountcrest University College, Mr Kwaku Ansa-Asare, said, “History is not only being made but, indeed, has been made. This is the first time in the annals of tertiary education in Ghana that a couple has established a university college proudly and wholly Ghanaian.”
He was optimistic that the proprietors had laid a solid foundation for the council of the university college to move the institution to gain international repute and global recognition in the short, medium and long term. 
 “We believe we have hit the ground running already. We have given the students a world-class teaching faculty and there can be no doubt whatsoever that teaching so far has won the commendation of the students,” he said
Mrs Sylvia Welbeck, who spoke on behalf of the matriculants, said expectations were high from the students to set higher academic standards for future students to emulate.
She lauded the efforts of the  proprietors for their courage to bring their ideas into fruition.


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