We haven’t approved offensive textbooks that talks against ewes—NaCCA reacts
The National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA) says it has not approved textbooks which use inappropriate references about certain ethnic groups in Ghana for use in schools.
The books which include “History of Ghana for Basic 6,”“Golden English Basic 4” published by Golden Publication and “History of Ghana Textbook 3” published by Badu Nkansah Publication were said to have offensive contents in some parts.
NaCCA noted that there are textbooks currently making waves on social media which depict the Ewes in a wrong way and said it has not approved such books for use.
According to a statement issued in Accra yesterday and signed by the Acting Director General of NaCCA, John Mensah Anang, his outfit’s had warned the publishers of the unapproved textbooks to withdraw from the market.
“In each of these books and others discovered on social media, the authors make inappropriate references to personalities and ethnic groups which are deemed unfortunate distasteful and are in contradiction with NaCCA’s Book Submission Guidelines,” it said.
Additionally the publishers have been asked by the council to “issue an unequivocal apology through the electronic, print and social media.”
The said books, the statement said were also not listed on the council’s website among other approved books for academic work.
It indicated that Badu Nkansah Publications for instance in its book featured a song that portrayed a wrong Ewe identity, while Golden publication in their two books carried distasteful information about Dr Kwame Nkrumah and the Convention People’s Party (CPP).
“Golden English Basic 4 by Golden Publications which displays ‘Efo agrees to prepare juju for the players’ on page 17,” it added.
The Council assured that it has met with Golden Publication, “and has asked them to withdraw all the unapproved offending books stated and any other from the market and submit copies for assessment and approval which they have complied with.”
The content of the books sparked criticism on social media from members of the Ewe ethnic group who criticised the stereotypes.
The Member of Parliament of North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has filed an urgent question in Parliament for the Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum to answer on the matter and described the books as “bigoted.”
Meanwhile, one of the Publishing Houses, Badu Nkansah Publication has unreservedly apologised for its slip in tone in conveying its thoughts in the book.
It said part of the book was still under review and did not know how it came to the public domain, hence the apology.
“How those few copies found its way to the market is something we are still investigating, and we will make the results of our investigations public when we are done,” it added.