Book publishers in huge debt following curriculum change

Book publishers in huge debt following curriculum change
Source: Ghana |Myjoyonline.com | Akyena Brantuo | benjamin.brantuo@myjoyonline.com
Date: 05-09-2019 Time: 01:09:48:pm
Mr. Eliot Agyare is the President of the Ghana Book Publishers Association

The Ghana Book Publishers Association is calling on the government to come to the aid of its members to mitigate their losses, following the introduction of a new curriculum.

Speaking to Joy News’s Joseph Ackah Blay, Thursday, President of the Association, Eliot Agyare, said prior to the introduction of the new curriculum members of the association had in stock, books they were going to sell for the next academic year.

“Unfortunately we are starting a new curriculum that does not need those old books,” Eliot Agyare lamented.

The new education curriculum was launched by GES in April this year as part of ongoing reforms in the sector.

The Director-General of the Service, Prof. Opoku-Amankwa said the reform is in line with international best practice, which requires a review every five years.

The importance of the new curriculum notwithstanding, President of the Ghana Book Publishers Association says, it has come with huge loses to its members.

“From an estimate, we collated from our members, we are getting to about 15m now,” Mr. Agyare revealed.

He added that this is an estimate for just “about ten of our members.”

But the association is made up of over “hundred members.”

 So he asked, “what happens if you put all together?”

 According to him, the estimated hundred membership does not include booksellers who are yet to bring to the table their losses. 

“That is separate from what the books sellers are claiming. So it could well be a very gargantuan figure,” he wailed

Calling on the government to come to their aid, Agyare said, “this is a very distressing time and nobody is buying our books.”