In what has come as an embarrassment to HRD minister Smriti Irani, a schoolteacher from Chhattisgarh pointed out spelling mistakes in a letter sent to her on the minister’s behalf and said the mistakes in the letter were “affront” to her sensibilities as a language teacher.
The letter sent by the CBSE congratulating the teacher — Radha Kumar from DPS Bhillai — on good performance of her students in the board went viral on Friday, after she posted it on her Facebook page forcing the minister to seek explanation from the CBSE.
“I have sought an explanation from CBSE as there were spelling mistakes in some of the letters,” Irani said.
The words “minister” and “sansadhan” (resource) were spelt incorrectly in a letter that was sent to schoolteachers across the country, congratulating them on the performance of their students. Her middle name Zubin in Hindi on top of the letterhead was also spelt incorrectly.
By late Friday evening, the CBSE had tendered an apology to the minister. “Inconvenience caused due to these errors is deeply regretted and I profusely apologise on behalf of CBSE. I assure you that the officers in CBSE will take utmost care that such errors do not recur in future,” CBSE secretary Joseph Emmanuel said.
In her Facebook post the teacher highlighting the errors wrote, “Thank you for congratulating me on the excellence I exemplify. However, having been a teacher for the last twenty years, your official letter head is an affront to my sensibilities as a language teacher. The attached photographs are self explanatory. Please ensure that at least the people who work for you, in your ministry, are well educated.”
Rattled by the comments on the social media the minister tweeted, “would not misspell my own name in Hindi, have asked concerned organisation to give an explanation”.
HRD minister every year sends congratulatory letters to students who perform well in board exams and also to their teachers.