The Volta Regional House of Chiefs has slammed the producers of the textbooks that allegedly stereotypes the Ewe tribe calling on them to render an apology and withdraw it from the market.
According to chiefs who were displeased with parts of the content of the said publication, they deemed it highly reprehensible and offensive.
“We deem it highly reprehensible for those responsible for this offensive publication, to harbour such vile thoughts about their fellow citizens of Ghana in the twenty-first century”.
In a statement by the Volta Regional House of Chiefs, they demanded immediate withdrawal of the textbooks that south to stereotype Ewes as a people and called it a demonstration of bigotry and prejudice.
“We therefore unreservedly condemn this singular demonstration of tribal bigotry and prejudice and call on those responsible for the offensive publication, to withdraw the same from circulation and to destroy every part of the offending material”.
However, they have also demanded that the publishers also render an unqualified apology to the Volta Regional House of Chiefs for demeaning their people through that vile publication.
“We further demand an unqualified apology from the authors and publishers of this base material to be rendered to all Ewe speaking citizens of Ghana. In addition, we urge other ethnic groups in this country, to condemn such divisive publications which only serve as a recipe for chaos and disunity.”
The Volta Regional House of Chiefs made the demand in a statement issued on Monday, March 15, 2021.
The content of the textbooks sparked criticism on social media from members of the Ewe ethnic group who claimed they were being stereotyped.
The North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has subsequently filed an urgent question in Parliament for the Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum to answer on the matter.
On the other hand, the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA) has said the books have not been approved for use in schools.
Below is the statement from the chiefs