Regulator to Investigate Error-Filled Math Texts

Peruvian regulators are to open an investigation into a publishing company that produced math textbooks that are full of errors, daily Peru.21 reported Tuesday.

Competition regulator Indecopi said it would begin a preliminary investigation into the Cordoba publishers, which distributed the texts with addition and other math errors to some 200 schools in Peru.

Indecopi said that parents will be able to demand books that are correct or have their money refunded.

Peruvian investigative television program Panorama issued a report on Sunday that found the Mente Mati textbooks, used in some primary schools, were full of incorrect answers to equations.

According to daily El Comercio, Peru’s Education Ministry is not responsible for verifying the information in textbooks used in the country’s schools. Instead, that responsibility falls to directors of schools and parents, the newspaper said.

School enrollment in Peru is high, but according to many observers the quality is among the lowest in Latin America.

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