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Withdraw ‘unapproved’ controversial textbook – NaCCA to publishers

The National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA) has called on the publishers of unapproved textbooks “Golden History of Ghana BS 6 by Mercy Gyaa-Adiyiah and Golden English Basic 4” to withdraw them from the market with “immediate effect.”

This was contained in a letter to the publishers by NaCCA and signed by its Acting Director-General, John Mensah Anangon on Sunday, 14th March 2021.

The NaCCA noted that its attention has been drawn to the fact that the books, “which have not been approved for use in schools, are on the market.”

It stated that in each of the books, the authors made inappropriate references to personalities and ethnic groups, “which is deemed unfortunate and does not conform to the requirement of the Standards-Based Curriculum.”

The stereotypical references, particularly, about Ewes of the Volta Region, has sparked anger among Voltarians on social media.

The NaCCA has therefore asked the publisher of the New Golden to withdraw the books from the market with immediate effect, as well as other unapproved books that it may have on the market but has not been mentioned in the letter.

The Council further asked the publisher to “issue an unequivocal apology through the electronic, print, and social media.”

It added: “Failure to comply with this directive will attract sanctions.”

Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said he has filed an urgent parliamentary request for the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum, to appear before the house to respond to questions with regard to a newly-published history textbooks for pupils in Primary 3 and 4, which, in the opposition MP’s view, contains stereotypical content about Ewes.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, 14th March 2021, Mr Ablakwa said: “The text of my urgent question is as follows: To ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Education whether the publications titled: History of Ghana, Text Book 3 by Badu Nkansah Publications authored by Badu Nkansah and Nelly Martinson Anim and Golden English Basic 4, authored by Okyere Baafi Alexander, both of which contain bigoted content targeted at the Ewe ethnic group, have come to his Ministry’s attention; were they approved by any of his Ministry’s agencies and what steps Government is taking to purge our schools and book shops from offensive, divisive and incendiary publications of this nature?”

According to the North Tongu Member of Parliament, who is also an Ewe and served as Deputy Education Minister in the erstwhile Mahama-led government, the Education Minister will appear before the House to respond to what he referred to as the “two bigoted publications in the issue.”

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