Riyadh: A local teacher on Tuesday found himself at the centre of social media storm after he corrected and graded a letter by Saudi Education Minister and inadvertently sent back to it's origin on WhatsApp from where it went viral.
Abdulkhaleq Khodran al-Zahrani, the Saudi teacher, told Al-Arabiya.net that he received a photo of the letter, written by the minister to soldiers on the southern front, via a WhatsApp group.
He said that he was correcting students’ exams when he saw it, so he grabbed his stylus pen and corrected and graded the letter and shared it with the group.
“I then asked my colleagues not to share this with others because it will embarrass us and the school. However, one of them told me he had already shared it. It upset me that he did. Afterwards, social media websites circulated it. It was all unintentional as I didn’t want to share it,” Zahrani said.
“I wrote in a Twitter message that it was just a joke; however it spread. Some people even came up with a hashtag and the minister saw it.
Zahrani later sent apology to the minister for his inadvertent gesture.
Incidentally, the minister visited the school where Zahrani teaches and visited most of the classrooms but skipped the one which is under him.
“I was surprised that the minister did not visit my classroom. I did not meet him and I would have been honored, like others were, if I had met him,” he said. Zahrani said that the minister was aware that he teaches in this school, adding that the minister received the apology for his joke.
“I don’t know why he visited the school, and whether it was to check on work or intentional, as some claimed, but I don’t think it was intentional,” Zahrani added, reiterating that the grade he gave to the minister was only a joke.