A National Curriculum Assessment Council (NaCCA) oversight team has begun testing textbooks used in public and private primary schools in Accra.
NaCCA officials visited schools to ensure that the textbooks used were approved and consistent with the council's new curriculum, a standards-based curriculum.
The schools visited were Mantze-Tucky Cluster of Schools, Calvary Methodist 1 Basic School, and St. Paul Lutheran Basic School.
During the visit, the research team identified several textbooks that were not NaCCA accredited but were used in classrooms to supplement the Council's textbooks.
In some cases, those who were not certified by NaCCA were consulted by the school to compensate for the deficiencies of the council's certifiers. The Ghana Education Authority (GES) was unable to provide schools with all new syllabus books, so teachers had to obtain textbooks from other publishers to fill the gap.
Some claimed to be NaCCA or GES approved but were not actually accredited by the Council.
NaCCA Executive Director Professor Edward Appiah, who led the team, said the move was to reach out to schools and inform them about NaCCA-approved books.
He said he will continue to visit and educate other schools and bookstores to identify and eliminate unapproved textbooks in the system.
Professor Appiah suggested that schools will introduce QR codes in council-approved books so that schools can verify the authenticity of textbooks.
He said they want to avoid being the sole author of textbooks in the country. In order to enrich the textbook, three or more authors are required in addition to the paper.
He added that Congress will soon pass legislation that would allow sanctions to be imposed on those who publish unauthorized textbooks.
Ms. Belinda Dede Sefakor Buri, Principal of Mantse Takky One and Two Primary School, appealed to GES to make the remaining textbooks available to the school to address the issue of textbook access.
She said the GES provided textbooks on English, science and mathematics, leaving behind textbooks on our world, our people, history, religious and moral education, creative arts and computers.