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The Ghana National Association of Authors and Publishers (GNAAP) has apologised to those unhappy about a history textbook for primary schools that gives a controversial explanation about the activities of Christian missionaries.History of Ghana for Bas...

The Ghana National Association of Authors and Publishers (GNAAP) has apologised to those unhappy about a history textbook for primary schools that gives a controversial explanation about the activities of Christian missionaries.

History of Ghana for Basic Schools, Learners Book 4, states that the existence of religion, particularly Christianity, was the cause of doctrinal conflicts and increased poverty in the country.

One radio station tweeted a photo of the offending page from the book, which shows the heading: “Negative effects of Christian missionary activities”:

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Some parents and others have condemned the content of the book, saying it denigrates Christianity.

Ntim Fordjou, the country’s deputy education minister, described the book as “obnoxious”, saying its content was appalling and misconceived.

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (Nacca) has since demanded its the immediate recall.

GNAAP apologised for the error and said it would set up a committee to assess all other books in schools published by its members.

“We are here to render apologies in our bid to protect the image and professionalism of writing and book development in Ghana,” the association’s president John Akwasi Amponsah said.

Source: BBC

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