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Mahama rebukes govt for not supplying textbooks to schools despite changing curriculum

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Years after the basic education curriculum was revised, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, has blasted the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for not providing textbooks to students.

He contends that educational equity is being hampered by this failure.

Speaking at the launch of the Ghana National Association of Private Schools Week, which had as its theme “2024 Elections: The Private Education Manifesto,” Mr. Mahama expressed concern about the inadequate supply of educational resources available to elementary school pupils.

“I think my father gave me a solid foundation to attend Achimota Primary School and become what I have become,” the person said.

“However, you cannot say the same for a child attending a rural school, who most likely does not have the same opportunities. Therefore, we must examine the equity in the educational system and consider ways to increase funding for underprivileged rural schools. The curriculum has changed and some of them lack chairs. He asked, “The curriculum has changed for the past four years, but there are still no textbooks available for teachers or students.

Over the years, educational stakeholders have been pleading with the government to provide textbooks to teachers and students in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

In response, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, stated in a previous statement that there were sufficient textbooks and copies for every region and that the ministry was collaborating with the regional heads of stores to make up for the shortfall.

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