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Ghana School of Law forces SRC president to resign after he failed his exam

Philemon Laar

The President of the Students Representative Council (SRC) of the Ghana School of Law is under pressure to resign after the management of the school asked to resign after he failed an exam.
Philemon Laar, the School of Law said cannot continue to hold himself as the President of SRC following his failure to pass the PLC Part 1 exam.

The Management of the school in a statement has also asked the election body of the school to conduct fresh elections to replace him.
In a resignation letter, the SRC President Philemon Laar who is waiting for the outcome of a delayed remarking requested after the failure said he has been treated unfairly.

“The decision to resign was occasioned by the apparent deadlock between the SRC and Management of the Ghana School of Law on whether or not an administrative fiat should be the basis to withdraw recognition for me as a democratically elected executive of the SRC.

“I was unsuccessful in the October 2020 PLC examinations. Like several other students displeased about their results, and convinced that the examination results did not reflect their industry and performance, I applied to have my scripts remarked. Results of the said remarking are yet to be released.

“Based on the above facts, Management of the Ghana School of Law communicated their unwillingness to engage with the SRC if I remain President. They have also refused to release any funds to the SRC for the same reason,” he said in his resignation letter.

“I disagree with this position by Management because this singular action is an affront on the constitution of the SRC and represents undue interference in the affairs of students. The withdrawal of recognition of me as President and the accompanying actions prejudices the outcome of my application for remarking which in itself has delayed unduly contrary to the timelines provided in the students’ handbook.

“I was elected to serve, but I cannot in the circumstances, offer leadership that my constituents deserve. I owe my Executive Council a huge debt of gratitude. Constrained in many ways, we found strength from holding hands. I am confident that the remaining two months left of our tenure would receive great leadership. I have discussed and agreed with them, that upon my resignation, article 20(4) of the SRC Constitution shall be triggered; one of the Vice Presidents will be selected to replace me,” Philemon Laar added.

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