The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), the government department responsible for the approval of textbooks for Ghanaian pre-tertiary schools, has said that it has not approved the controversial book – Golden History of Ghana for Basic 6 – a book which described Ghana’s first President Dr Kwame Nkrumah as a dictator.
According to a statement for NaCCA dated March 6, 2021 and signed by its Acting Director-General, John Mensah Anang, the book authored by Ms Mercy Gyaa-Adiyiah and published by Golden Publications has not been approved and schools using it as their textbook must cease its use forthwith. It stressed that it is illegal to use unapproved books and the council will soon deal with schools in breach of the law.
“The agency will soon embark on random visits to pre-tertiary schools. Any school found to be using unapproved books shall be brought to book. Similarly drastic measures will be taken against publishers of such books,” the statement warned.
The history book that says Kwame Nkrumah was a dictator whose command was to be obeyed without any questioning has been condemned by many social media users, who argue it is a misrepresentation of the facts on Ghana’s history and plays into suspicions that there is a grand attempt by some to discredit Kwame Nkrumah and downplay his contributions to Ghana’s independence and development.
But there are others who have defended the contents of the book, saying that Ms Mercy Gyaa-Adiyiah’s book is a proper representation of Kwame Nkrumah reign as President.