The New Patriotic Party has unequivocally condemned bigoted stereotyping of ethnic groups and distortions of history in some educational materials in circulation on the Ghanaian market.

The party said such ‘incompetent and inept material’ cannot be the basis upon which the social identity of Ghanaian children is nurtured and established.

It added that, “In our world today, there is no profit to ethnic dominance or subjugation considering the universal values that globalization imposes on us.”

“Current global values project universal human rights, encompassing respect for all peoples irrespective of nationality, ethnicity, religion, culture or gender.  

“Economies are being built on digital technology and innovation, creativity and skills development.  These are what will drive international competitiveness for Ghana and open opportunities for our young people to master their talents and fulfil their dreams,” the party further stated in a statement signed by the Communications Director, Yaw Buaben Asamoa.

Their condemnation comes on the back of a Badu Nkansah publication of a ‘History of Ghana’ textbook for Class 3, which has generated an uproar amongst Ghanaians for describing the Ewe ethnic group in an offensive and derogatory language.

Several individuals and organisations such as the Ghana Publishers Association, Volta MPs Caucus in Parliament, Volta Regional House of Chiefs and Volta Region Students Association (VORSA) have all condemned the publication and called for its withdrawal.

Badu Nkansah Publications has since apologised and has started recalling the controversial textbooks from the public domain.

According to the NPP, to prevent such a situation from recurring the National Council for Curriculum Accreditation (NaCCA) must refine and enforce their rules without fear or favour.

“That way, products certified by NaCCA can help bring up well balanced children, imbued with global values and pride in their country and its diverse culture,” it said.

They finally called on political and social leaders to “speak to speak to the issues with the intention to bind us together as one people with one nation and one destiny.”