October 28, 2009 11:09
A German publisher has issued an apology for a factual error about Korea in a textbook used by elementary school students there.
Describing the problem of child labor around the world German publisher Auer depicts Korean children as working in sweatshops for 11 hours a day. The problem is that the textbook, which features photos and a description of squalid working conditions, does not specify the exact timeframe, leading to the misconception that children still work under such conditions in Korea.
A Korean graduate student and father of a nine-year-old girl studying in Germany sent a complaint to the publisher, stressing that child labor is banned in Korea and such conditions were abolished a long time ago.
The publisher said it would rectify the error.
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