Mexico Faces Massive Textbook Error Scandal


Muhammad Nadeem
Education News.org
August 29, 2013

Schools in Mexico were opened on August 19, but children went back to school with flawed textbooks provided by the Mexican government, according to Adriana Gomez Licon of The Associated Press. The new government-provided books contain more than 110 errors, including misspellings, grammar and punctuation errors, and at least one city located in the wrong state. These errors are an embarrassment for the Mexican government, which is planning to overhaul the country’s much-criticized school system.

There were at least 117 mistakes found in the textbooks. To remedy this, officials said they would provide teachers a list of the errors so they can try to manually correct those mistakes. The Education Department said the errors were found after 235 million elementary textbooks were being printed.

Who is responsible for these errors? Education Secretary Emilio Chuayffet blamed Mexico’s previous administration for the stumble. Chuayffet, who has called the errors unforgivable, said he was faced with the predicament of choosing between stopping the printing of flawed textbooks so they could be corrected and making sure the country’s 26 million school children had textbooks at the start of classes.

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