In a recent development, the Ghana Publishers Association has urgently appealed to the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum, seeking intervention to prevent its members from facing additional financial burdens. This plea follows the National Council for Curriculum Assessment’s (NaCCA) decision to remove the subject ‘Our World Our People (OWOP)’ from the basic school curriculum.
Expressing concern over the abrupt decision, the association proposes that NaCCA collaborates with its members to explore a mutually beneficial resolution. The withdrawal of the OWOP subject, scheduled for the 2024/2025 academic year, stems from a comparative analysis of Religious and Moral Education (RME) and OWOP subjects by the Council.
NaCCA justified the move, stating, “Our review of both curricula indicates similar sub-strands and focus areas, including similarities,” citing feedback from teachers supporting their observations.
However, the Ghana Publishers Association, in a press conference held on December 14, 2023, revealed that it was not consulted prior to the announcement of the subject’s withdrawal. President of the Association, Mr. Asare Konadu Yamoah, called the decision “unfortunate” and highlighted the financial strain on local publishers during a similar curriculum change in 2018.
Calling for government intervention, Yamoah urged the Ministry of Education to suspend the decision and engage stakeholders, including writers, publishers, booksellers, and teachers. The association emphasizes the need for a credible timetable for withdrawal and aims to minimize the impact on publishers.
Expressing concerns about the vacuum left by the subject’s withdrawal, the association called for any associated costs to be kept minimal. Yamoah emphasized the unfairness of the situation, urging the government to support the publishing industry, which has faced challenges since 2018.
As the situation unfolds, the plea from the Ghana Publishers Association underscores the complexities and potential repercussions of educational curriculum changes on stakeholders in the publishing industry.