Nigerian teachers joined their counterparts in the world to mark the World Teachers’ Day on Saturday but an error spotted on the banner displayed during the celebration got many talking on social media.
World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers’ Day, is celebrated globally every year on October 5.
In commemoration of the event, a march-past was organized by some teachers in Abuja.
A photo of the march-past, however, surfaced online showing some teachers carrying a banner in which the “march” was wrongly spelt as “match”.
I prefer not to speak pic.twitter.com/MgYV1ztDsq
— tyro (@DoubleEph) October 5, 2019
Quite a number of Nigerians including Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, could not contain their disappointment as the blunder got many talking on Twitter
“Dear Lord. So no one checked that banner to see that a “match” should not be brought near that banner while the teachers are on their March Past? What a day, it has been in our Land. “Cry the Beloved Country”. May our weeping only endure for a night& joy come in the morning,” she wrote.
Dear Lord🤦🏾♀️. So no one checked that banner to see that a “match” should not be brought near that banner while the teachers are on their March Past?
What a day, it has been in our Land. “Cry the Beloved Country”.
May our weeping only endure for a night& joy come in the morning!
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) October 5, 2019
While some users tackled the teachers for the failure to spot and correct the error before the event, others faulted the printer of the banner.
“You know that is just a mistake by the artist and they probably didn’t crosscheck it. It happens to everyone. Even CNN and BBC with all their professionalism still do such mistakes and billions of viewers see it. Let’s not take this little mistake as one big issue,” a Twitter user said.
“This country though…. match kor…. lighter nii….the future is bleak oooo,” another user said.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
You know that is just a mistake by the artist and they probably didn’t crosscheck it. It happens to everyone.
Even CNN and BBC with all their professionalism still do such mistakes and billions of viewers see it.
Let’s not take this little mistake as one big issue
— Nwosa Tochi (@nwosa3) October 6, 2019
This country though…. match kor…. lighter nii….the future is bleak oooo
— Myde (@_Olumyde) October 6, 2019
These are the type of people teaching “leader and menthol”
— Kisaki Oníwúrà (@lekisaki) October 5, 2019
Scrap the entire ministry of education and start again. 🙆🏾♂️🙆🏾♂️
— Wale Gates 🇳🇬🇬🇧 (@walegates) October 5, 2019
Toh… What can we say again. Let’s just assume that the ‘teachers’ spelt it correctly but the contractor tasked Withh producing the banner did a shoddy job and delivered few minutes to the event abi what else can we do 🤷🏿♂️ we can’t throw the baby and bath water away 🤣🤣🤣
— Temitayo Odugbesan (@bigtt76) October 5, 2019
Find red paint and correct it immediately before going on parade. They are teachers for crying out loud.
— Josephine Atibaka (@Jossyatibaka) October 5, 2019
Often time, it’s the printer that do make this mistakes.
But then, we can’t excuse the teachers for failing to spot the obvious error on the banner.
This is sad!
— Edward .E. Onoriode (@Edward_Onoriode) October 6, 2019
This Banner aptly captures the poor state of education in Nigeria. Simple!
— TosinPhD (Harvard Affidavit) (@Donteewrites) October 5, 2019
Easy to point at the teachers. The banner is a reflection of an intellectual spirit that is pervasive in the society. Many don’t want to be corrected, they would say “who grammar help”, “as long as you understand what I mean”. We have all accepted mediocrity as all right.
— RoLa (@rotilaw) October 6, 2019
Everytime I see on these stinkers on twitter, I wonder if we are all operating on the same scale of shame. Use marker to write over it, carry funny correction banner behind, do something.
Ko ti e si itiju kankan, just lefu reke with embarrassing banner.
— Botros (@FroMaestro) October 5, 2019
Seriously, we should all apologize to Oluomo and the NURTW guys.
We know they’re not educated, so we can excuse their bad English.
But what excuse can these teachers have?
This makes me scared of the kinda education my children are subjected to in Nigeria…
— #DoubtlessThouArtMyFather (Isaiah 63:16) (@harrydaniyan) October 6, 2019
Prolly they played a match before the parade….
— Chì (@MsCocochi) October 5, 2019
This is the Nigerian ‘anyhowness’ in a picture.
Now they probably saw the mistake and decided to proceed anyways.
— Suburban Kyrie Irving (@Imoukhede_) October 6, 2019
These ones here are to raise our future leaders. This is absolutely hopeless.
— Etudaye (@Leo_lazbon) October 6, 2019
One can’t abuse students anymore.
— UNBEATABLE (@LAIDETOS) October 5, 2019
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