Friday, 07 May

'Efo juju' textbooks: Badu Nkansah Publications apologises to Ewes

The history book

Ghanaian-owned publishing company, Badu Nkansah Publications, has apologised to Ghanaians for the circulation of their History of Ghana Textbook 3, which features condescending content of Ewes.

In a statement by the publishing company, Badu Nkansah Publications said:  “Following the introduction of the new curriculum by NaCCA, we submitted a textbook application for approval for our book History of Ghana in January last year. We received a response to our application from NaCCA on 25th September (Reference NaCCA /G14).”

It continued that: “The NaCCA raised concerns with portions of the book even though they informed us that the book had satisfied most of the technical and content requirements. They however told us to work on certain aspects of the book further in order for it to meet the expectations of the new curriculum.

“An attached comment which accompanied the report detailed areas of particular concern which we are still in the process of complying with.”

The Publishing Company further continued that: “Unfortunately, while undergoing the review, a limited quantity of the unpublished draft found its way into the market.”

It also stated that: “We have seen certain snapshots on social media which has generated justified public uproar due to its offensive tone. Though it is not a deliberate attempt to berate such a huge section of our society, we wish to unreservedly apologise for the slip.”

The Company stressed that: “Our brand stands for national unity and we currently employ workers who originate from all parts of the country.

“How those few copies found their way to the market is something we are still investigating, and we will make investigations public when we are done.”

It added: “We apologise to all those affected and we wish to assure all Ghanaians such a thing will never happen again.”

The National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA) had earlier noted that its attention has been drawn to the fact that the books, “which have not been approved for use in schools, are on the market.”

It continued: “In each of these books, the authors make inappropriate references to personalities and ethnic groups, which is deemed unfortunate and does not conform to the requirement of the Standards-Based Curriculum.”

The stereotypical references, particularly, about Ewes of the Volta Region, has sparked anger among Voltarians on social media.

The NaCCA, asked the publishers, to withdraw the books from the market with “immediate effect,” as well as other “unapproved books” that they may have on the market but has not been mentioned in the letter.

The Council further asked the publishers to “issue an unequivocal apology through the electronic, print, and social media.”