The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum says publishers of the offensive textbooks a former Education Minister has said contain “bigoted” content cannot be punished by the National Council for Curriculum Assessment.
Dr Adutwum comment today in Parliament comes after the North Tongu Member of Parliament, Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa filed a text of urgent question for the Education Minister to comment on the textbooks.
In the immediate past Education Minister petition Parliament to ask the Bosomtwe Member of Parliament 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.”
But, the teaching Minister responding to the text on the floor of Parliament Thursday said a soon to introduce Ghana Book Development Council Bill, will be able to deal with publishers of offensive textbooks in the future.
“The Ghana Book Development Council Bill has those provisions for sanctions to be taken against publishers like this,” he told Parliament.
“The NaCCA Act does not make provision for that, so, inasmuch as you are scandalised and you do not want to see these things happening, in terms of the legal framework in which NaCCA operates, they do not have the room to do that but the Book Development Council is going to cure this deficiency.”
Meanwhile, the publisher of the NaCCA unapproved textbook in a statement copied to Educationweb.com.gh has rendered an unqualified apology adding that investigations are underway into the incident.