Philemon Laar, president of the Ghana School of Law’s Students’ Representative Council (SRC), was forced to resign after failing a subject in an exam..
“This decision is predicated or premised on the observation that Mr Philemon Laar did not pass the recently held PLC Part 1 Exams and must retake Part 1. As a result, he cannot claim to be president of the SRC. In a letter to the SRC, the registrar of the Ghana School of Law, Juliet Adu-Adjei, advised him to resign.
According to the fiat, a bye election will be held.
“Until then, management would be unable to deal with or engage with the SRC with Mr Laar as president,” the letter said.
Laar announced his resignation in a letter dated March 16, 2021.
“The move to resign was precipitated by an apparent impasse between the SRC and the Management of the Ghana School of Law over whether an administrative fiat could be used to revoke recognition for me as a democratically elected executive of the SRC.
“I failed the PLC exams in October 2020. I requested to have my scripts remarked, like many other students who were dissatisfied with their results and persuaded that the examination results did not represent their industry and success. The results of the aforementioned remarking have yet to be published.
“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.
“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,” his letter said.