Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.
Heidelberg, Germany -
It is fascinating how small accidents can bring about amazing consequences. Recently, a picture started circulating the social media and it caused quite the reactions. The picture is of a page in a textbook. The textbook seems to be in math and the problem that pupils have to solve is: "The boy's trousers cost 10 BGN, his blouse costs 20 BGN more. How much does his dress cost?".
Naturally, many were fast to say that it is in fact "gender propaganda". The writers of the textbook say that it was a mistake that will be fixed in the second edition. The question was meant to be "How much do both cost altogether?" - and that makes sense because nowhere before the question was a dress even mentioned.
The Ministry of Education, however, had something to say. They had no problem with the typo but were concerned that the cover of the textbook says that is has been approved by the Ministry. This appears not to be the case, according to the MoE's records, and for that reason, the MoE has signaled the Prosecution.
It is quite interesting that such "mistakes" in textbooks are being found now - right around the time when the nation is divided on the subject of the Istanbul Convention. The MoE themselves were accused of propagating gender identity. No one can prove whether or not the authors of the textbook really didn't see the "mistake" or whether it was intentionally put there. If one reads the problematic text it really seems irrational to think that a grown person might write such a logically inconsistent question. However, the topic remains one of the hottest topics of 2018 and seems like it's here to stay.