National security must probe ethnocentric publication in history books – GNAT

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The Ghana National Teachers Association (GNAT) demands that national security investigate how a controversial textbook published by Badu Nkansah Publications bears the National Council for Curriculum Evaluation (NaCCA) and ISBN seals.

The move, according to the Association, will identify gaps in the system and address those who may have shirked their responsibilities.

Badu Nkansah Publication’s “History of Ghana” textbook for class 3 sparked an uproar among Ghanaians for describing the Ewe ethnic group in pejorative language.

Speaking on JoyNews PM Express On Tuesday, GNAT Secretary General Thomas Musah said the Class 3 History of Ghana manual has the potential to derail gains made in promoting national cohesion among all ethnic groups.

Mr. Musah said: “If the book is a draft, how come it bears the NaCCA and IBSN seals. These are security features that only approved books can carry. Only investigations can establish the facts for us.

“This case could end up in court depending on how the pendulum swings and that’s why we need national security to establish the facts about the NaCCA seal and how the books got to the market.”

In a statement, the NaCCA revealed that it did not endorse the controversial manual and ordered the public take it down.

“In each of these and other books discovered on social media, the authors make inappropriate references to personalities and ethnic groups who are deemed unhappy, obnoxious, and at odds with NaCCA’s book submission guidelines.” , indicates the press release.

The Secretary General of GNAT also called on the various state institutions not to fail in their duty and further proposed a national audit of the education system to get rid of all unapproved textbooks in the market.

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