A Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee in Parliament who doubles as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South Constituency, Dr. Clement Abas Apaak has called for the immediate sectioning of Badu Nkansah Publications over its newly-authored controversial “History of Ghana for Basic 6” and “History of Ghana Textbook 3 as well as another book titled “Golden English Basic 4” as books containing twisted history, ethnic bigotry.
According to him, similar books that target the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah were first released in an attempt to wrist the history of Ghana and to denigrate him.
“We can all recall how the initial publications that got into the public domain were targeted at the person of Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. I took critical notice of the attempts to denigrate him and to present him as the worst thing to have happened to Ghana when the contrary is what we all know.
The contribution of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, his attainment of Independence for Ghana, and his term as first President of the Republic of Ghana cannot be lost on us. It, therefore, came as a surprise that a publication, meant for the teaching of history to our children, would contain such falsified and twisted contents that only hide the facts.”
The Builsa South legislator, speaking on Accra-based Original 91.9 FM’s Adwenekasa, socio-political morning program on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, said,“Soon after these initial materials made the rounds, many more derogatory shots of contents of some of the books mentioned above were released into the public domain. The contents are nothing more than unfortunate. For books that are meant to be used to teach children at the Basic levels where opinions are formed, we expected that thorough research work is done in order to present accurate accounts of people which must be studied in our schools.”
To him, the apology by the publishers not suffice, and expects them to be severely sanctioned.
“The apology offered by the publisher or publishers must not suffice. I expect the erring publishing houses to be sanctioned by NaCCA”.
“I call on NaCCA to do more diligence with regards to all books produced in accordance with the new curriculum. NaCCA and all institutions that have authority over these conducts must institute measures to prevent any such future occurrences.”
He further called for an independent committee to be set up by the government to investigate the “taking to purge Ghanaian students against publications”.
The said textbook has generated some public discomfort since portions of it came to the fore.
The Volta Regional House of Chiefs, Volta Regional branch of NAGRAT, Volta Region Students Association, and many others have expressed distastefulness over the publication of the controversial books.
Badu Nkansah Publications apologizes
Meanwhile, Badu Nkansah, the publisher of the book has apologized to Ghanaians.
According to the company, although the book had satisfied most of the technical content requirements, NaCCA “told us to work on certain aspects of the book further in order for it to meet the expectations of the new curriculum”.
“Unfortunately, while undergoing the review, a limited quantity of the unpublished draft found its way into the market. We have seen certain snapshots on social media which has generated justified public uproar due to their offensive tone. Though it is not a deliberate attempt to berate such a huge section of our society, we wish to unreservedly apologize for the slip. Our brand stands for national unity, and we currently employ workers who originate from all parts of the country.”
The firm also said it is investigating how the few copies found their way into the market.
By: Ernestina Afake | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana