Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the Minister of Education, has suggested to authors to seek the consent of children before publishing their works.
She urged writers to produce works that reflected the Ghanaian culture, saying, “Knowledge is informed by the culture of the people.”
Prof. Opoku- Agyemang made the call at the launch of the 14th Ghana International Book Fair, on the theme “Growing the knowledge-based economy through reading”, in Accra, which brought together participants such as authors, publishers, editors, illustrators and distributors.
Mr. Kofi Bentil, the vice president of IMANI-Ghana, a think tank, asked stakeholders in the book industry to abide by modern methods of publishing books.
He also said: “I appeal to all stakeholders to do their best to research into areas of interest before they come out with their books.”
Mr. Bentil said book packaging, should be given much importance, adding that, the lack of attention had led to some Ghanaians not patronising local books.
He bemoaned that some book contents were shallow and lacked quality information, urging writers and other players in the book industry to consult sources for information before coming out with books.
He suggested that publishers should form an industry chamber.
Mr. Bentil advised the Ministry of Education to revise the curriculum for the junior high school level, saying that the children at the fundamental stage read a lot of books, which did not help them to acquire the necessary knowledge.
“Our educational system at the primary level should be looked at again because the content is really packed”, he said.
By Luther King Owusu-Amoah