The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) has released the second batch of the official list of textbooks recommended for kindergarten and basic schools.
In all, 96 publications approved in the second batch by the council, acting on behalf of the Ministry of Education, are made up of 36 different publications in Mathematics, 27 each in English Language and Science and six in Computing for upper primary level.
Last week, the NaCCA published 187 approved textbooks for use for pupils in KG and Primary Six, and promised to recommend more of the books in the ensuing weeks.
This brings to 283, the total number of books approved by the Council, giving publishers the green light to publish in large quantities for the market.
Each subject has at least three different recommended textbooks from different publishers which aims at giving the pupils varied explanations and ideas on the concepts in the curriculum.
“These textbooks have gone through series of reviews between NaCCA and the publishers to ensure they conform to the expectations of the new KG-Basic 6 curriculum introduced in September, 2019,” The Executive Director of NaCCA, Dr Prince Armah, told journalists last Saturday.
He said the approval of the textbooks so far was a testimony of a great and thorough work done by NaCCA as well as the publishers.
Dr Armah said there were a couple of subject areas NaCCA was still awaiting drafts from the publishers, and gave the assurance that all efforts would be made to ensure quality teaching and learning outcomes.
He said so far, NaCCA was yet to receive textbook samples in subjects such as the local languages and physical education, from the publishers and was hopeful that publishers in those areas would respond favourably.
Dr Armah admitted that for years, a lot of teachers in the technical and vocational institutions taught their subjects without approved textbooks, explaining that it was for that reason that the NaCCA, in designing the new standard based curriculum, provided the teachers with the Teacher Resource Packs.
“NaCCA welcomes comments and feedback from school managers, teachers, parents and the general public on the recommended textbooks,” Dr Armah stated, explaining that it would help textbook writers and publishers improve on the quality of their textbooks.
To ensure that parents and schools were not shortchanged, Dr Armah said the NaCCA was developing a short code to enable the general public to verify the authenticity of recommended textbooks for use in the classroom.
He explained that the NaCCA knew that some unscrupulous businessmen would take undue advantage to flood the market with non-recommended textbooks at the blind side of parents and school authorities.