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Errors in Mozambique school book blamed on negligence

Jose Tembe BBC News, Maputo

“Negligence and lack of professionalism” are the factors that led to errors in the production and printing of a sixth-grade social science textbook in Mozambique, according to the conclusions of a report compiled by a commission to investigate the mistakes.

The five stages of evaluation of the book prior to printing were not observed, said Minister of Education and Human Development Carmelita Namashulua.

The errors in the book entitled Our Continent include both the geographical and historical location of Zimbabwe, a wrong illustration of the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic and some national rivers.

The mistakes angered Mozambican people, including academics, politicians, journalists and publishing houses.

They have demanded the resignation of Ms Namashulua.

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