Mr Scaramanga said: "Those who challenge the explanations given in the materials are described as `godless', `anti-biblical', and `foolish'. There needs to be greater public awareness of what these schools tell students."
The evangelical content of ACE courses taught in Britain and the US have attracted criticism over the past decade. The scientist Professor Richard Dawkins visited a London school which used the curriculum in 2006. He said he was appalled to learn that pupils were taught that Noah's Ark was real and that Aids victims were sinners.
But Naric, which is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, nevertheless carried out a "benchmarking exercise" on the ICCE last summer. It ruled that the course's general certificate, which involves two to three years of study, should be compared to Cambridge International's O-level at grades C to E; the intermediate certificate to the international O-level at grades A to B; and the advanced certificate to an international A-level.
In a statement on the decision in August 2008, Naric said: "The ICCE are delighted by the results of the project and we feel that this work also helps improve awareness and understanding of such international qualifications."
Tim Buttress, Naric's spokesman, told The TES that the agency's role was to guide universities and employers on the "rigour" of qualifications, but investigating curriculum content was outside its remit.
"It's like comparing an engineering degree at Luton University and Sheffield Hallam - the degrees are at the same level, but the content may be different," he said.
However, Brenda Lewis, ICCE chief executive officer in the UK, said tNaric had examined the content. "We were taken aback by how thorough they were," she said.
British teachers found ACE textbooks useful, she said, but sometimes pointed out comments they regarded as unreasonable to pupils.
Mrs Lewis had not noticed the Loch Ness monster claims, which she suggested may have been a "slip at the typewriter", adding that the science curriculum had helped a student to gain a place to study natural sciences at Oxford University.
She also said she had never seen the apartheid claims, but stressed that British teachers would strongly challenge them.
Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence.
Have you heard of the `Loch Ness Monster' in Scotland? `Nessie,' for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.
Could a fish have developed into a dinosaur? As astonishing as it may seem, many evolutionists theorize that fish evolved into amphibians and amphibians into reptiles. This gradual change from fish to reptiles has no scientific basis. No transitional fossils have been or ever will be discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian, and reptile as separate, unique animals. Any similarities that exist among them are due to the fact that one Master Craftsmen fashioned them all."
Extract from Biology 1099, Accelerated Christian Education Inc. (1995).