Teachers’ verification video tops Edo’s YouTube channel, Watch Video!

A video clip showing a primary school teacher in Edo State, Mrs. Augusta Odemwingie, who failed a reading test conducted by Governor Adams Oshiomhole, has continued to generate a debate on YouTube.

The clip is currently the most viewed out of the 68 videos available on the state government’s YouTube channel. It has attracted about 51,000 viewers as at the time of filing this report on Sunday.

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In the video — which is also a subject of debate on various social networking sites — the teacher could not read her own sworn affidavit during a teachers’ verification exercise, though she was alleged to have spent over 20 years on the job.

At a point, the woman pronounced ‘registered’ as ‘registrated,’ ‘declaration of age’ as ‘decreation of age,’ while she struggled to pronounce words written in the sworn affidavit that she allegedly submitted as part of her credentials.

Oshiomhole kept correcting her pronunciation errors, and then, he paused for a while and asked, “Who is the teacher?”

Unable to restrain herself from laughing over the development, Odemwingie replied the governor, saying, “You are the teacher, sir.’’

In their reactions to the video, visitors to the channel described the development as utterly shameful and embarrassing. They said the outcome of the verification was a revelation of the enormous decay in the education sector as a whole.

Many of the visitors advocated an overhaul of the education system. One Sayo Ajiboye pointed out that with such teachers in the schools, a faulty foundation would continue to be laid for future generations.

“This is the tragedy of the Nigerian education system. A teacher that cannot read her own certificate verification affidavit! Where is the hope for the children that have gone through her tutelage?” Ajiboye asked.

Another visitor to the YouTube channel, Benny Avans, urged the state government to beam its searchlight on other sectors in the state and sanitise the system once and for all.

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Avans said, “This is a revelation of the enormous decay in our education system and other sectors yet to be discovered. I do not expect the governor to take any drastic action yet. He should go back to the drawing board and ensure that such cankerworms are removed from the education system. One only wonders what knowledge has been passed on to our children. It is quite pathetic!”

But some Nigerians have blamed the development on the endemic corruption, which has forced many qualified youths who would have made better teachers to roam the streets in search of jobs.

A visitor named Adjarho Ejiro said, “The truth is, she can’t read and she is a teacher. Who hired her? Who did her screening? The pupils are the ones that will suffer. She did not even help the situation. She was laughing at some point and even arguing with other people.”

Also, Enny Kings wrote, “One wonders how on earth this woman got the job in the first place. This is the result of bad leadership. It points to the fact that the past commissioners of education in the state have been doing nothing other than to steal public funds while the youths were denied knowledge.”

Meanwhile, some Nigerians have risen in defence of Odemwingie, saying there was no need to disgrace her publicly despite the fact that she failed the reading test.

“If he (Oshiomhole) really wanted to correct the teacher, he should have done it off camera. He wanted this to serve as a publicity stunt. What the governor did is wrong. There are better ways to handle such things,” a YouTube user, Bbqontherooftop, observed.

“This can lead to suicide. The woman’s kids could be mocked in public,” one Andy Larry noted.

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But Adeola Oluwaseun-Adeyemi disagreed with them. She said, “It is sad that she was embarrassed this way. But her pupils are the priority here. Think of all the damage she must have caused her pupils. I think Oshiomhole did the right thing in calling her out.”



  1. Olushile oluwapelumi says:

    N.Standing in the gap,to make my comment,i will approve that adequate learning is made in a public setting, but more of the learning itself should be made by the learner who falls victim of the learning experiment. The question now is what has been her foundation from the main conception of her past and present achievement?,so as to correct the deficiency in academic operation? This should be an aspect of observatio

  2. What kind of priority is that? The woman has done what is bad but nailing her to the cross is not the solution, the Governor has successfully turned the whole family into a laughing stock, even the generations yet to be born. We all knew what happened to “oga at the top” even movies was produced because of what happened to the man………….. Pls, help me ask Mr Governor if he has his own children studying in this epileptic system of Education. Am a student of OOU and I know. what I am saying. Pls, the children has parents, why are the parents not complaining? Have even asked for the local government? Or what happened to the so-called politicians that hardly speaks one correct English sentence? There’s more to this than criticism. Thank you.

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