Correct textbook information on Caribbean islands

I was flipping through a geography book for Secondary 1 by Alicia Brown, Audrey Tan, M.C. Clarke, Shirley Melissas and Dr Wong Poh Poh, published by Hodder Education, when I came across a "World Political Map".

I was surprised to see that many island countries in the Caribbean were listed under South America.

In my school days, I had learnt that Central America, including the Caribbean islands, is considered a part of the North American continent.

I checked Wikipedia and Encyclopaedia Britannica and this classification has not changed.

I hope the Ministry of Education will look into this and take steps to remove incorrect information in our school textbooks.

Tan Peng Boon

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2018, with the headline 'Correct textbook information on Caribbean islands'. Subscribe