Education Ministry petitioned over error-ridden JHS text books

According to the petition by a JHS teacher, Phanuel Yaw Ayawly, the textbooks are full of grammatical and typographical errors

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The Ministry of Education has been petitioned to withdraw the Integrated Science Textbooks for Junior High Schools (JHS) from schools over errors in the books.

The book titled "New Integrated Science for Junior High Schools: Discovery series, authored by Theodore E.T. Kom-Zuta and published by Sedco and Pearson" are full of errors.

According to the petition by a JHS teacher, Phanuel Yaw Ayawly, the textbooks have been in use for the past three years and therefore are not worthy to be used by students because the textbooks are full of grammatical and typographical errors.

The petitioner who spoke to Citi FM said, "The book is diseased with a lot of errors and mistakes, typographic errors and a whole lot. They are all not wholesome for the consumption of our young ones. That is what they are using all over the country."

"The third edition of the book two, page five, on the chemical symbols, that of Magnesium should be Mg but in the book it is Na. chemical symbol for Potassium is K but in this book it’s Ma. Chemical symbol for Calcium is Ca but in the book it is Na. The same form 2 book, page 17, they repeated the same periodic table with the same errors. Page 37 also has some errors there," he stated.

Portions of the petition to the Ministry said "This petition, without ceremony, seeks to suggest to your august office, your high-valued personality to withdraw these books not only from our public schools but also from public view in order to salvage the already struggling education in Ghana."

Meanwhile, the Ministry is yet to act on the petition.

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