The National Council for Curriculum & Assessment (NaCCA) has justified reasons for the supposed dominance of Dr. J.B Danquah in New Primary Curriculum over Dr.Kwame Nkrumah.
According to NaCCA, the period covered in the history curriculum at the primary level focuses mainly on the pre-independent events that formed the basis for the later development of political activities which contributed to the independence of Ghana.
”At this stage Dr. J. B. Danquah played a prominent role. It is therefore important for our young learners to appreciate the chronology of the events of our political history,” NaCCA explained.
In a statement signed by its Ag. Executive Secretary Dr. Prince H. Armah ,NaCCA said it has no interest in skewing Ghana’s political history, insisting claims that J.B. is unduly being amplified over others are “unfortunate”.
According to NaCCA, at the JHS and SHS levels, the history curriculum will highlight further details on the independence and post-independence political activities.
”This is where Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and other political leaders and regimes feature more prominently.” It said.
Curriculum Auhors not Politically bias
NaCCA further indicated that Nana Joseph Kwame Kyeretwie Boakye Danquah, PhD was a Ghanaian statesman, pan-Africanist, scholar, lawyer, historian and one of the founding fathers of Ghana. He played a significant role in pre- and post-colonial Ghana.
The statement issued on Wednesday was emphatic that authors of the curriculum were not selected on political grounds.
“The experts who designed the curriculum were not selected on the basis of any political considerations, and it is unfortunate for anyone to suggest otherwise. The likes of Prof. Kwame Osei Kwarteng, Prof. Wilson Yayoh, Dr. Samuel Boadi Siaw, Mrs. Anitha Adu-Boahen and other historians who worked on the History Curriculum are all scholars of great repute and proven integrity who have nothing to gain by skewing historical facts one way or the other. For quality assurance, the curriculum was reviewed by Professor Emeritus D. E. K. Amenumey.”
The statement reiterated that the new curriculum is the outcome of a purely academic and professional work.