The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned what it described as incompetent and inept materials paraded by some publishers as books of instruction for school children.
According to the party, distortions of history and bigoted stereotyping of ethnic groups cannot be the basis upon which the social identity of children is nurtured and established.
NPP’s condemnation of labelling of ethnic groups followed publication of ‘History of Ghana’ textbook 3 by Badu Nkansah Publications, which some people have described as a satanic material that has generated an uproar among many Ghanaians.
The book is said to contain some ‘offensive description’ and stereotyping of Ewes and other tribes that have the potential of undermining the unity and peace of the country.
Consequently, the publication has pushed well-meaning citizens and Members of Parliament (MPs) from the Volta Region to condemn it on the floor of Parliament.
The governing NPP in a statement signed by its Communications Director, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, reiterated that there is no profit to ethnic dominance or subjugation considering the universal values that globalization imposes on people.
“Current global values project universal human rights, encompassing respect for all peoples irrespective of nationality, ethnicity, religion, culture or gender.
“Economies are being built on digital technology and innovation, creativity and skills development.
“These are what will drive international competitiveness for Ghana and open opportunities for our young people to master their talents and fulfil their dreams,” he added.
Mr. Buaben Asamoah noted that even though the National Council for Curriculum Accreditation (NaCCA) has not approved the publication, the NPP is urging the institution to refine and enforce its rules without fear or favour.
“That way, products certified by NaCCA can help bring up well-balanced children, imbued with global values and pride in their country and its diverse culture,” he added.
The NPP appealed to political and social leaders to speak to the issues with the intention to bind Ghanaians together as one people with one nation and one destiny.