The Ashanti Region Writers and Publishers Association (ASHWAPA) have asked government to drastically reduce benchmarks on books assessments and as well allow them to sell out already printed out books to schools in the country.
“The cost of submitting books for assessment is too huge, we can’t afford to pay”. The association told Newstimesgh.com
The Book writers and Publishers previously were paying a minimum of 50GHS- 300GHS for the cost of submitting books to the Ministry of Education via Ghana Education Service for assessment depending on the number the books pages.
However, the fees have been increased more than 100 percent under what is called ‘Submission Guidelines’ after the recent introduction of the New Curriculum or Syllabus by the Education Ministry via the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA).
The charges range from 675 GHS to 2250 and more dependant on the number of a book pages.
A writer/publisher is to pay a fee for submitting a 52 page and below book for assessment or editing at a cost of 675 as the minimum charge.
A 50- 100 pages book at 900 GHS
104- 152 pages at 1125 GHS
156-200 pages at 1300 GHS
204-252 pages at 1575 GHS
256- 300 pages at 1800 GHS
304-352 pages at 2025 GHS
356 and above pages at 2250 GHS.
“Assuming you submit a book of 200 pages from class 1- 6, you have to pay 7800 GHS”, ASHWAPA stated.
ASHWAPA believe that the benchmarks on the books are a way by which government wants to scrap its members from business.
Besides, the NaCCA said it will not allow publishers to sell their books to schools without approval. It has decided to introduce a short code to the public to control the Ghanaian writers and Publishers unapproved books.
Subsequently, ASHWAPA think that “it’s a way to give contracts to their cronies and sideline the lot of publishers”.
The writers and Publishers alleged that a letter is circulating in schools telling them not to buy supplementary books from them (publishers) but rather government will provide schools with the books.
In spite of the cost involved, the writers and Publishers have appealed to Ministry of Education via the NaCCA to sell out the already printed out books to schools in the subsequent year of 2020/2021 academic year.
Call for details:
Offeh James (secretary)
Robbert Ansah (member)
By: Joe Marfo