Volta Region House of Chiefs condemns publications of offending material

The Volta Region House of Chiefs has condemned the publications of some offending material intended to be used for the teaching and learning of primary school pupils in the country.

The leadership of the house maintained that the educational materials contain derogatory allusions to the Ewes ethnic group.

In a press statement dated March 15, 2021, the House said it cannot comprehend the rationale behind publishing a ‘bigoted material’ considering this information era.

“We deem it highly reprehensible for those responsible for this offensive publication, to harbor such vile thoughts about their fellow citizens of Ghana in the twenty-first century. We therefore unreservedly condemn this singular demonstration of tribal bigotry and prejudice and call on those responsible for the offensive publication, to withdraw the same circulation and to destroy every part of the offending material,” part of the statement reads.

The statement signed by the President of the Volta Region House of Chiefs, Togbe Tepre Hodo IV, demanded an unequivocal apology from the publishers of the books to the entire Ewe-speaking citizens of Ghana.

“We further demand an unqualified apology from the authors and publishers of this base material to be rendered to all Ewe speaking citizens of Ghana,” the President of the House stated.

The Volta Region House of Chiefs disclosed that it will take legal actions against the publishing companies if the ‘bigoted books’ are later found circulating on the Ghanaian market following the call for withdrawal.

“In the event that this ill-advised publication is discovered anywhere after our demand for the same to be withdrawn from circulation, we hereby serve notice that the Chiefs and people of Ewe ethnic origin will take appropriate legal measures to ensure that these mischief-maker’s walk on the right side of the law,” Togbe Tepre Hodo IV said.

He further urged other ethnic groups to condemn the divisive publications as long as the act in itself is a “recipe for chaos and disunity”.

The National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA) earlier issued a directive to the Badu Nkansah Publications and New Golden Publications to withdraw some of their printed material from the market.

The books include History of Ghana Textbook 3, Golden English Basic 4, and History of Ghana for Basic 6.

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