Wednesday 13 November 2019

Sacked, you are: Saudi official dismissed after textbooks show Yoda with king

The image of Yoda appeared in the textbook in error
The image of Yoda appeared in the textbook in error

A top education official in Saudi Arabia has been sacked after high school students opened their textbooks to find an image of Yoda from the Star Wars films seated next to a Saudi king.

The image, produced by Saudi artist Abdullah Al Shehri, known as Shaweesh, shows the late King Faisal, who was foreign minister at the time, signing the United Nations Charter in 1945 with the diminutive green Jedi master seated to his right.

Education minister Ahmed al-Eissa described it as an "unintended mistake" and wrote on Twitter that new versions of the textbook are being printed.

The state-linked Okaz news website said under-secretary for curricula and educational programmes Mohammed al-Harthi was dismissed from his post on Monday and that the ministry will establish a new process for reviewing textbooks.


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