Ghana’s Education Service (GES) following the call for the immediate withdrawal of unapproved textbooks from the Ghanaian market has said it has no intention of restricting the publication of textbooks in the country.
The Director-General of the Service, Prof Kwasi-Opoku Amankwa comment comes after NaCCA requested his outfit to remove all unapproved textbooks including the famous History of Ghana textbook 3 by Mr Badu Nkansah.
But, Prof Opoku Amankwa speaking on The Asaase Breakfast Show monitored by Educationweb.com.gh suggested for the Council to regularly update the public on books that have been approved for use in schools.
According to him, the Management of the Ghana Education Service is not considering capping the publication of textbooks in the country despite the approval of about 1,107 textbooks by the Council for Assessment (NaCCA).
“There shouldn’t be a limitation, I don’t agree to that and as a publisher myself this is something publishers over the years themselves advocated for and somewhere in the early 90s thereabout we agreed that we liberalise the market,” he said as quoted by the Accra-based Asaase Radio.
“When the government was doing it on its own it had some advantages and disadvantages. We think that this is a much better process, however, the market itself needs to be educated on what a book is and what goes into a book,” he told the host of The Asaase Breakfast Show Nana Yaa Mensah.
The GES official further said that the fact that there shouldn’t be a limitation of the publication of textbooks means publishers and authors should undermine the quality of the contents in the book.
“We don’t want a situation where you gag people, you restrict people from what they read,” Professor Kwasi-Opoku Amankwa stated.