Achieving Quality Education in Ghana: the Role of Ghana’s Publishing Industry

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One of the major stumbling blocks in the delivery of quality education in the country is shortage or unavailability of textbooks. Until the establishment of Ghana Publishing Corporation, government relied mainly on foreign books. The indigenous publishing industry has a role to play in achieving quality education. Quality education begins with an adequate number of schools, books, pencils and trained teachers. To ensure availability of books is one of the major roles of the publishing industry. This thesis was an attempt to assess the impact of Ghana’s Publishing Industry to quality education. The method adopted for this study involved extended on-site visits to the ten printing presses and thirty-two schools in Kumasi and its environs. The study population included staff of various publishing houses, past and present publishing students, headmasters, heads of department, subject teachers, students, officers from textbook unit of the Ghana education service and curriculum research development personnel and personnel from the Ghana book publishers Association. Data were obtained through questionnaire, observation and personal interviews to assess the aims and objectives, history, areas of production, staff establishment, facilities, and the impact of the Industry on quality education. The research also looked at the future projections of Ghana’s Publishing Industry. The research findings have been analysed and interpreted in chapter four. The social, educational and economic values of the industry have been discussed. The research reveals some success with yet more to be done for the full realisation of the industries’ objectives. As a result, suggestions and recommendations to help upgrade the industry to modern standards to enable it play a meaningful role in the quality education programme.
A thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the degree of Master of Arts, 2007.