wpid-some-books.jpg“This is critical because it is hard to find a perfect book published and printed in the country. Take a Ghana made book and if the problem is not with the cover and text design, it will be with editing, preliminaries or with printing”, he added.

Dr Tettey made the call as a Guest Speaker at the 13th Ghana International Book Fair, 2015, in Accra on the theme: “Professional Book Publishing and E-Service-A Resource for National Development”.

The event, from November 3 to 7, brought together participants from all over the world to draw attention to the potential of electronic publishing in enhancing the availability of books.

He noted that, the degree training by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in publishing studies cannot make a graduate professional and that more importantly; the graduate must practice for a year or two in the industry.

Dr Tettey said national development talks about the ability of a nation to improve the lives of citizens, which is measured in material terms, such as an increase in the Gross Domestic Product, provision of education and availability of healthcare.

The Moderator said quality education delivery is multifaceted and commended government for the achievement of some level of quality education delivery over the past years as a result of enforcing measures and policies put in place.

He noted that publishers must produce books not only for the classrooms but for acquisition of knowledge, stressing that, professional publishing is essential support for national development.

Dr Tettey urged publishers to start turning out e-books for consumption not only by the reading public but also for education at all levels.

He suggested to the Ministry of Education to take action to engage experts to advice on the supply and use of e-textbooks in all schools.

He called for clear-cut criteria about what the professional preparation of a book industry should be and the registration of all professionals in the industry.

Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister of Education, in charge of Tertiary Education, commended organizers for the event, adding that, the theme is necessary because it promotes better ideas for development.

He said government has begun the procurement process for the purchase of vocational books, and that, the education sector is one of the priorities of the National Development Planning Commission.

Mr Ablakwa revealed that statistics show that 20 per cent of lower primary pupils cannot read and write, and as a measure to curb the problem, government has launched the Ghana Reading Plan to ensure that by 2017, 80 per cent of the children will be able to read and write.

Dr Samuel Osafo Acquaah, President of the Ghana Book Publishers Association, said some of the activities earmarked for the fair include workshops, seminars, editors training and quiz competitions for basic schools, to build the children’s competences.

GNA

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