Education

Education Minister appears before Parliament over controversial textbooks

Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum will be present before Parliament today, Monday, March 22 in response to a pressing issue raised this year by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a Member of Parliament for North  Tongu.

The issue concerns the content of controversial textbooks which have denigrated certain ethnic groups in Ghana,especially Ewes.

Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa wrote on Monday, March 15 stating that;

“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?”.

The content of the textbooks, which have been reminiscent since, was not pleased with by many Ghanaians.

 

According to the publishers, the textbooks have not been approved by the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA) and that forms the basis of their surprise to find the books on the market.

NaCCA and the publishers have since apologised for the incident and launched an investigation into the incident.

The publishers have also met with the North Tongu MP and the Volta Caucus, by extension, to settle matters.

On Monday, Dr Adutwum, who is also MP for Bosomtwe, will be on the floor to explain the steps taken by government to get rid off such learning materials from the system.

Meanwhile, the Energy Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, will also be in the House to explain the recent power outages experienced in certain parts of the country.

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