Chaudhary, who claims to hold an MBA degree, came out with a clarification, saying he deliberately misspelt the word to test the ability of schoolchildren to detect spelling errors. (Credit: YouTube)
Gujarat Minister Shankar Chaudhary misspelt the word ‘elephant’ while teaching students during a school enrolment drive launched by the government, but later claimed the error was “intentional”.
The incident took place on Thursday when Chaudhary visited a government-run primary school in Deesa town of Banaskantha district, around 150km from here, as part of the ‘Shala Praveshotsav’ (school enrolment drive) of the government, a programme carried out every year.
The episode came to light when a picture showing him writing a wrong spelling of elephant while teaching English as part of the drive went viral on social media.
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The Minister of State for Urban Housing, Health and Transport, in the picture, is seen seen writing “elephent” instead of “elephant” on the blackboard.
As the issue became a hot topic of discussion among citizens on social media platforms, Chaudhary, who claims to hold an MBA degree, came out with a clarification, saying he deliberately misspelt the word to test the ability of schoolchildren to detect spelling errors.
“My objective was to check the English grammar and spelling proficiency among school children. I had intentionally written wrong spelling of elephant to check whether the students ca…