Friday, May 27 2011 @ 02:50 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Some students have been guided by the table, and have put "13" as their response to the question "how much is 2 x 7." Now, teachers will have to go back and explain to all of the students that this is wrong, said Yadira Pino of the Veragüenses Educators Association. The correct answer is 14. The blue notebooks with the logos of the Ministry of Education and the National Government, were delivered to students starting on 28 February 2011 along with other school supplies, textbooks and bonuses of $20 to parents.
Aixa Gómez, leader of the Parents Association has reacted to the "horrible blunder" claiming there is no justification for the error. "MEDUCA should have checked this table," said Gomez, before sending the notebooks to be printed. "The lack seriousness," added Gomez. Businessman Juan Carlos Mastellari said "the company that printed the notebooks should be made to do them again as a way to redress the harm caused to public education students."
Avoiding Responsibility: A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Education dodged responsibility by saying the mistake was the on the part of the National Assistance Program (PAN), which handled the bidding process, both for the backpacks as well as the notebooks. The government spent $40 million dollars this year on backpacks, notebooks and books. El Siglo contacted the PAN Century PAN but we were told its director, Giacomo Tamburrelli is the only person authorized to give statements and yesterday he was in an area of difficult access inside the country. (El Siglo)