JAFFA, Israel – Saudi teachers were surprised to receive rabbits from their schools as a token of appreciation for their students’ achievements.
The 27th and 58th girls’ schools in the city of Medina awarded the teachers rabbits and a night at a local hotel, according to reports. Outstanding students also received rabbits.
“The Education Ministry encourages schools to give incentives to teachers, and it’s welcome that the rabbits were given to students too, because they can be used to demonstrate health hazards in science classes for example,” Omar Muhammad Birnawi, a ministry official, told the Okaz newspaper. “These awards are perfectly acceptable so long as we’re convinced they bear no diseases.”
Saudi social media users were not amused.
“What kind of incentive is that?” wrote Naif. “What a load of rubbish. What is all this trafficking in animals?”
@News_Brk24 ايت حافز لهم ايش الكلام الفاضي هذا هل يجوز المتاجرة بالارواح
— Naif Malsi (@NMalsi) May 22, 2016
Ali wrote: “Next time hand out fodder.”
@News_Brk24 باقي البرسيم
— علي الحبابي (@alnashme123) May 22, 2016
“Finally we know why our education system has become so good” another wrote. “Now that we know the reason, we are no longer surprised.”
@News_Brk24 أخيرا عرفنا سر النقلة النوعية في تعليمنا!!
وإذا عرف السبب بطل العجب..
— bsoomh (@bsoomh2010) May 22, 2016
“Next time give them sheep,” Thnian suggested.
@SaudiNews50 ارانب طيب مايهدون المعلمين قعدان وخرفان😂😂😂😂
— ثنيان العتيبي (@thniaan1) May 22, 2016
“Elsewhere in the world, smartphones and tablets are handed out, not animals that poop,” Abdullah tweeted.
@SaudiNews50 الناس تعطي جوالات واي بادات مو حيوانات تزق وتشخ
— عبدالله بن رافعه⁸⁸ (@aboodykboody) May 22, 2016
“I need to see the face of the person who suggested this idea,” wrote another. “I wonder what he started off as.”
@SaudiNews50 مقترح هذه الفكره لازم نشوف وجهه وايش يشتغل باول حياته.
— شْـــعٍاٌاٌعٍ (@shoo3aa33) May 22, 2016
“Have we run out of incentives??” Emad wondered.
@SaudiNews50 خلصت الهدايا!
— عماد بن عبدالعزيز (@Emadabdulaziz1) May 22, 2016
Ahmad told the teachers “to sell the rabbits in the Friday market, maybe something good will come out of it.”
اخذه وبيعه.. بسوق الجمعه… أقلهاا طلعنا بشئ منهم…
— ahmed al-budur (@JamulP) May 22, 2016
“You have no idea how many curses the students’ mothers will hurl at them once they see the awards,” another warned.
@SaudiNews50 يادعاوي بيدعونها امهات الطالبات عليهم عقب وصخ الارانب 😒🔪😂
— بنت محمد.. (@n_m_r5) May 22, 2016