Schools in Ghana will soon have access to textbooks for the new curriculum. This assurance was given by the Acting Director General of the National Council for Programs and Evaluation (NaCCA) during a stakeholder consultative meeting that NaCCA held with book publishers in Kumasi on Tuesday.
Mr. John Mensah Annan also explained that preparations are underway to train teachers on the new curriculum to enable them to deliver the expected results of them.
âYou cannot implement a curriculum without accompanying textbooks. However, the practice is that writers can only produce textbooks after the curriculum experts have developed the curriculum. In practice, they have a minimum of eighteen months to write a book, a test test, a proofreading, quality assurance before it is printed â, he explained and cited opportunities previous where the program was implemented without textbooks and emphasized that this is the norm.
He cautioned publishers failing to follow established procedures on publishing content for Ghanaian students and also praised the CEO of Rainbow Publications; Mr. John Akwasi Amponsah for an exceptional event.
The meeting, held in the Christian Village, near Opoku Ware Secondary School, had the theme âThe CCP Program and Its Implementation: The Role of the Editorâ.
In total, nearly a hundred participants, mostly publishers, followed the program and were subjected to certain requirements expected of publishers in the implementation of the Common Core Program (CCP) for JHS 1 (Basic 7) to JHS3 (Basic 9) in the Academic year 2021/2022.
Chief Executive Officer of Rainbow Publications Limited; Mr. John Akwasi Amponsah; one of the event organizers in an interview with reporters explained that the program is very relevant as it will build the capacity of publishers to enable them to publish books that are healthy for students and relevant to the program.
He praised NaCCA for putting private publishers at the center of education and called on other publishers to contact NaCCA and seek approval of their work before putting their books on the market. He promised more books of exceptional quality from Rainbow Publications.
For its part; Holy godson Kwasi Baah; The CEO of Afrafra Ventures and Publications Limited in Kumasi expressed his enthusiasm for the success of the event and explained that the knowledge shared by NaCCA officials at the forum was invaluable and will soon be felt in the education of the Ghana.
The first stage of the consultative meeting, which was attended by more than 70 editors, was held on Friday 10e September 2021 in Accra.