The Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), John Mensah Mawutor has slammed the Ghana Education Service (GES) for accepting a new history of Ghana textbooks that stigmatizes Ewes.
The book, published by Badu Nkansah Publications, has generated controversies after it emerged that some chapters described Ewes as inward-looking people.
The new history of Ghana book was published based on the new curriculum by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) and submitted for assessment but certain portions of the book seems to stigmatize people from the Volta Region.
Speaking on Morning Update on TV XYZ, John Mawutor condemned the GES for looking on for some citizens of te country to be denigrated in a new history of the country, adding the history of the Ewes narrated in the book was not based on facts.
“It would have been so shameful if my children read this…Little did I know that my fathers come from Niger…It is so unfortunate.GES must sit up,” he said “If GES is listening to us, they should know they are dealing with Ghanaians…When did Ewes come from Niger?”
He said the the managerds of the country’s basic education was ” not fair to Ewes” and cited that current developments depict that Ewes are not regarded as Ghanaians in some sectors.
“An Auditor who is Ghanaian went on leave and returned as a Togolese,” Mawutor added whilst referring to the issues surrounding the retirement of former Auditor General, Daniel Domelovo.
“Those books should be withdrawn immediately from the system… It is so offensive to my tribe and the people…the culprit must be punished even if the license of the publisher must be revoked,” he suggested.
He further urged Ghanaians not to drag politics into the matter since the substance of the matter could be missed.
On his part, private legal practitioner, Alexander Twum-Barimah condmned the government and indicated there could be a deliberate attempt to denigrate Voltarians whose voting pattern does not favour the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
“There is some kind of agenda that people in this government want to achieve,” he said and cited comments from a leadng member of the NPP and Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa, K.T Hammond against Voltarians in the run up to the 2020 elections.
“Is it that they [Voltarians] have no history and we are now writing history for them…why are they trying to rewrite history?”he quizzed. ”
“The person who ordered for these books must be sacked,” he added.