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Palestinians: Schools

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 171640, tabled on 7 September 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2017 to Question 8642, for what reasons her Department concluded that the IMPACT-SE report on the Palestinian Elementary School Curriculum 2016-17 was not objective in its findings.

Answered on

12 September 2018

The UK Government was very concerned at some of the allegations outlined in the IMPACT-SE report. We are therefore working to commission a robust study into the new Palestinian textbooks. Our assessment is that the IMPACT-SE report was not objective in its findings and lacked methodological rigour. For example, some claims were made on the basis of a partial or subjective reading of the text, some findings are presented out of context, and there was limited information available about the sampling approach to select textbooks to analyse.

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