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  6/13/2012, Sivan 23, 5772

Arabic Textbooks Riddled with Mistakes


Many of the Arabic textbooks used in Israeli schools are riddled with mistakes, the Knesset’s Education Committee heard. Dr. Elias Atallah told the committee that in 2011 a total of 16,000 mistakes were found in textbooks teaching the Arabic language to children in grades 1-8.

“In ‘The New Reading Book’ for sixth-graders, there are at least 600 mistakes, none of them involving facts that are in dispute,” he said. MK Jamal Zahalka, who called the committee meeting, said, “You would need a magnifying glass to find the pages that don’t have mistakes.”

MKs called on the Education Ministry to set clear standards for Arabic-language textbooks.