Another classic case of a unlearned Ghanaian politician

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The policy of ethnocentrism predates our 4th Republic, only resulted in the usual deep division between ethnic groups crippling social cooperation in schools, other corporate organizations and various workplaces, apparently because of the lack of trust it creates among people belonging to particular certain specific ethnicities.

Politicians conceive of such divisions for a purpose which will be dealt with later in this article but first let us look at the focal point around which this article revolves, the unpleasant historical description of the Ewe ethnicity, the benefactors and the beneficiaries. of this rather condescending phenomenon.

For starters, the publisher has done an incredibly shoddy job of failing to research the rich history of the Ewe people from renowned historians and traditional authorities of Ewe origin, books and articles in abundance on the Internet. to design the required content that meets the broad architectural framework of the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NCCa) program and also, the needs and dignity of the Ewe ethnic community.

Not only, but also, the publisher unfortunately failed to dig the path of the infamous statement which is undoubtedly attributed to Victor Owusu. I am using it probably in the sense that, recalling memory and recounting what happened in parliament in 1970, Sarpong quoted Baako as having said “Victor Owusu never said the sheep were folded over them. themselves but rather refuted the accusation of the leader of the opposition, Dr. Agama who had accused Akans of removing sheep from government positions and are introverts. Victor Owusu replied that as Ewe, Dr Agama cannot accuse anyone of withdrawing ”. (Sarpong Saturday May 10 on ghanaweb.com).

The interpretation of the above quote brings us to just two main points, first Dr. Agama whose role was as the Hon. Haruna Idrisu of today, had accused the Akans, so Edward Akufo-Addo and the Progress Party of Kofi Abrefa Busia whose era stretched from 1969 to 1972, describing them as folded in on themselves to put the sheep apart in their government.

In response, Victor Owusu also responded by saying that as an Ewe he did not have the right to make this accusation. Of course, inherent in that statement was exactly the same as saying that the sheep are turned inward as well, just like when someone insults you and you respond by sending their insult back to them. Once again, the publisher had failed to understand how sensitive these questions were after miserably failing to know the history of this statement.

On the part of the government, he is complicit in this because the president who is the chief executive cannot be in all sectors to oversee the areas of work and that is why he has eyes in his nominees for s ‘ensure that the right thing is not only felt but also seen to be done and done well.

This makes the president guilty because he bears the ultimate responsibility for the success or failure resulting from the actions or inactions of the institutions he designates people to represent. In this case, the government failed in this matter through the actions and inactions of the NCCa.

Presumably, it was either the folks at the NCCa did nothing to fully read and assess the contents of the book or money would have changed hands but to think of the government intentionally sponsoring or providing insight into the new program. of studies to give editors the opportunity to write nonsense of a story about a group of people as influential as the Sheep is incredible, to say the least.

As teachers, it is an indisputable fact that the program provides general insight to guide editors in specific content. Therefore, it is the author’s responsibility to research and process the content in a manner consistent with the general aspirations of the program.

The lesson that politicians fail to learn from a phenomenon like this is that political attrition is part of the game of politics and as such politicians will do all they can to weaken the odds. of their opponents and thus activists, whether NDC or NPP, cling to problems of ethnocentric nonsense so highly inflammatory of a description to create disaffection for opposing political groups and therefore must be very circumspect in dealing with issues that particularly affect a group that is seen as the stronghold of their opponents.

The protest began as a result of the statement “Akyim sakawa” and “the Kumasi disliking Chairman Mahama despite many comments on the plans”, and the uproar that these comments have generated and the current issue of nonsense ” Ewe introverts ”make it clear that politicians are not ready to learn by paying attention to sensitive issues of this nature.


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