By Huizhong Wu
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Bad enough that Chinese students are being fed fake meat, now it’s emerged that they’ve been learning from fake dictionaries too.
The government in Hubei is accused of buying 3.2 million copies of fake Xinhua Dictionaries to give to rural middle school students.
“The pirated copies had 0.2 percent printing errors, nearly 20 times more than allowed,” Zhou Mingjian, former deputy director of China Lexicographic Society, told Shanghai Daily.
The dictionaries, according to CCTV, had many errors and were printed on cheap, low-quality paper.
Chongwen Publishing House was the one responsible for printing these dictionaries.
This is not the first time that the government has procured inadequate dictionaries, China Daily reports. The last time was in late April in Yunnan, where thousands of students received a fake version of the Xinhua dictionary.