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December 08, 2008

Textbook screening will be more transparent

The Ministry of Education has said that the process for screening textbooks will become more transparent. At present the opinions of those checking and approving textbooks are not made public. Even the names and backgrounds of the inspectors have not been revealed. This has often led to suspicions that the inspectors have been doing little more than following policies decided in advance by the ministry.

In the near future the whole screening process should become much more transparent. It will be possible to hold individual inspectors accountable for their comments on textbooks and it should become easier to assess how much censorship is taking place.

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