Africa Education Watch in preliminary observations on the NaCCA Textbooks Saga has noted that none of the offensive and ridiculous content making rounds on social media is NaCCA approved.
In a post, the education think-tank indicated that their team took time to visit some private schools, bookshops and review the NaCCA approved textbooks, and drew a conclusion.
According to the Watch, there is a difference between NaCCA approved textbooks and textbooks designed based on NaCCA syllabus.
“There is a difference between ‘NaCCA approved textbooks’ and those developed ‘Based on NaCCA’s syllabus’. A closer look at the two embossments on the front covers reveals the difference. All those textbooks written by Golden Publishers and Badu Nkansah are not NaCCA approved. They are ‘Based on NaCCA syllabus”, they admonished.
However, they have blamed the publishers for being dishonest with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), the Ghana Education Service, and various schools across the country.
“When these ‘dishonest’ publishers rushed to the private schools with their books, some diligent school heads demanded to see their NaCCA approval letters but to no avail; hence they rejected them. But some private schools took stock and sold to parents because after all, these were known publishers”, they stated.
The following recommendations has therefore been made by the think-tank to NaCCA and the General Public :
- NaCCA must develop a seal and ensure all approved textbooks bear the seal on cover pages. NaCCA must criminalize any unauthorized use of that seal. This is because, we saw other NaCCA approved textbooks from Oxford Publishers etc., but without any seal or inscription suggesting they were NaCCA approved. Public Engagement on this is key, as NaCCA is currently working on textbooks for JHS.
- In their letters of approval, NaCCA must indicate the specific books approved per publisher. A generic letter is not enough, as some Publishers may have approval for some but not all their textbooks.
- The NaCCA romance with offending publishers must cease. Badu Nkansah, Golden Publishers, etc., must be punished beyond merely demanding an apology and withdrawal. Recognizing that Golden Publishers alone has over 20 unapproved books in the system, issuing such romantic reprimands only fuel public suspicion that NaCCA is in bed with these publishers. At least, they should not be allowed to participate in the on-going development of JHS Textbooks.
- NaCCA should ensure the current JHS textbook development process is an improvement on the previous, based on lessons learnt and matters emerging.
- NaCCA must step up its Public Engagement on the matter. Issuing Statements is not enough.
- The General Public must check the difference in the ‘stamps’, i.e. Approved Vs Based on NaCCA Syllabus before buying.