Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum is expected to answer questions in Parliament over the approval of a new history textbooks titled ‘History of Ghana’ that has a narrative against Ewes.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto, who told TV XYZ about the development noted that Adutwum will answer to the textbooks on the floor of the law-making chamber before the week ends.
“As at yesterday, the indication I had was that the Honourable Speaker had admitted the question. I am expectant that this week, the Minister will appear before the House,’ he told Morning Update co-host Nana Abena Serwaa.
“This is an urgent question so I am expecting that minister will appear before the house sometime this week,” he added.
A section of Ghanaians are outraged after some portions of the textbook that described Ewes as “inward-looking” people flooded social media sites over the weekend.
The book, published by Badu Nkansah Publications,has been described as unwholesome for school children by many including educationists after it generated controversies.
The publishers have apologised to Ghanaians, but Ablakwa said the book had received some kind of approval by the government ahead of the beginning of the academic year.
The MP said he had seen documents that show “the publishers received preliminary approval from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA)”
“I make that point to buttress my point that people should not talk as though they knew nothing about its publication at all,” he added.
Ewes are peace-loving
Ablakwa, a former deputy Education Minister, has urged Ghanaians, especially Ewes, to calm down following the “offensive, divisive” publication about them in the new history textbook.
The legislator has since condmened the authors and described them as “agents provocateur” who wanted to “undermine national cohession.”
He said it was not only Ewes who were outraged by the publication, but other people at different locations across the country, including colleague MPs.
He said he had to calm down a section of the youth from the Volta Region who had vowed to find the books in shops and set them on fire.
Asked whether Ewes were over reacting to the publication after the publishers had apologised publicly, the legislator said they were not.
“Not at all! In actual fact, the great people of of the Ewe ethnic group which I am a proud member of should be commended for their high sense of tolerance and the level of magnanimity that they have exhibited,” he said whilst he commended the Chiefs of the Volta Region for condemning the publication and resorted to using the right channel to address the matter.
“Else where and other places, you may not get this kind of very matured and peaceful reaction…The chiefs and people of the ewe ethnic group which goes beyond the Volta Region…must be commended,” the MP added.
He further pledged to use Parliament to get to the bottom of the matter and ensure that Ewes are calmed enough to promote national cohession.