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Adutwum to appear before Parliament today over ‘bigoted’ textbook content about Ewes

Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum

Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum will today, Monday, 22 March 2021 appear before Parliament.

This follows the filing of an urgent Parliamentary request by Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa for the Minister to appear before Parliament.

The Education Minister will be expected to provide answers to the content of some textbooks on the market which sought to belittle the Ewe ethnic group.  

Mr Ablakwa, had said he had filed an urgent parliamentary request for the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Adutwum, to appear before the house to respond to questions with regard to a newly-published history textbook for pupils in Primary 3 and 4, which, in the opposition MP’s view, contains stereotypical content about Ewes.

According to the North Tongu MP, who is also an Ewe and served as Deputy Education Minister in the erstwhile Mahama-led government, the Education Minister will appear before the House to respond to what he referred to as the “two bigoted publications in issue.”

In a post on Facebook on Sunday, 14 March 2021, Mr Ablakwa said: “The text of my urgent question is as follows: 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?”