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The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) says pupils from kindergarten to primary six are still without textbooks since the new curriculum was approved in 2019.

President of GNAT Dr. Isaac Owusu says the lack of textbooks and government’s refusal to pay capitation grants has crippled basic education.

According to him, teachers and their heads are struggling to cope.

“The new curriculum that was introduced in 2019 was ideally to come with its own textbooks that the teachers will use.

“It is not that GES or the Ministry of Education did a supply and there have been shortages, there hasn’t been any supply at all.

“So since 2019, from kindergarten to class six don’t have textbooks,” he said.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Top Story on Tuesday, Dr Owusu said the main reference document the teachers have been using is the resource pack.

“Aside from that, the teacher has to go and do his or her own research,” he disclosed.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare says research conducted by his outfit shows that funding for basic education has reduced.

He noted that more pupils still do not have desks or proper classrooms.

“If you observe the budgetary or funding, between 2008 and 2020, basic education share of education budget have reduced from 55% to 40%. That tells you that the quantum of funds available for investing into basic education has declined.”