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IFEJ Urges Government to Support Local Publishers Amid Economic Challenges

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The Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) has called on the government to provide assistance to local publishers in the midst of global economic challenges. According to IFEJ, the frequent changes in syllabus by the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service are affecting publications by local publishers, leading to losses.

In a facility tour of Winmat Publishers Limited in partnership with UKGCC to commemorate World Press Freedom Day, Rayborn Bulley, team lead and President of IFEJ, called on the Ministry of Education to engage local publishers early when making changes to the syllabus. He noted that the abrupt changes in the syllabus make it difficult for local publishers to prepare adequately for the changes, leading to financial losses.

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The President of IFEJ stated that the publishers face several challenges when the ministry changes the syllabus without giving them enough time to prepare. The teachers have to be retrained, and the books must also be written in another format, among other things, which are challenges in the publishing industry.

“For the most part, the good books will be thrown away while others will be introduced, and it is done abruptly with no fluidity. The Ministry should give the publishers at least three years’ notice to prepare for changes in the syllabus,” he said.

Mr. Rayborn Bulley urged journalists to follow up on the issue, ensuring that all the bottlenecks are smoothened out. He added that IFEJ has learned from the challenges faced by local publishers and will advocate for better support for them.

In summary, the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists is calling on the Ministry of Education to engage local publishers before any changes to the syllabus to benefit Ghanaian publishers. The sudden changes in the syllabus are causing financial losses for local publishers, and the government needs to provide support to ensure their sustainability. The media is encouraged to follow up on the issue to ensure that the challenges faced by local publishers are addressed.

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