From remedial to homework, here are the things most of dreaded in high-school

For those who studied in day schools, hold onto your horses. You can’t relate with what I’m about to talk about. How would you when you had the privilege of having two meals from home. This is for those who really went through high school the hard way.

Here are some of the things most of us dreaded back in high school:

1. Remedial classes

One had to be at school by 7am to attend to these boring classes. The boring part was the lessons taught were either Mathematics or Science subjects. Most of us didn’t give a hoot about what the teacher was speaking about.


Form 3 and form 4 students suffered the most. There were morning and evening remedial classes. Not till we learnt that the school would gift any teacher who showed up for remedial thus enabling this boring activity.

2. Cross country


Not unless you come from the rift region, you know how it this event took a toll on most of us. Running for a distance close to 5 kilometers was no man’s joke. The games teacher would follow whipping the ones who ran last. Most of the girls would pass out and for the bad boys they’d jump on the rear of lorries and get free ride back to school.

3. Homework

One of the reasons why most of us hated been in school was the loads and loads of homework the teachers gave us. To be honest most of us never attended to all these. We lifted from our friends not caring if the teacher would notice or not. These teachers just wanted to torture us and making sure we never had some time off for our own peace.


4. General cleaning

Washing those stinky toilets was never something to be proud of. Friday evenings was the time to get busy cleaning the whole school. From toilets, dormitory, classes and the dining hall. Depending on which school you studied, form 1 and 2 were responsible for attending to them. Everyone avoided getting allocated the toilet section. Having studied in a boy’s school, you don’t need to have studied rocket science to know how they looked.

5. Food

It was little and terrible. They’d also add paraffin to tone down our libido levels. Where they got that theory, I’ll need proof to this. Survival was for the fittest. It was normal for a few of the students to go bed hungry.

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If you went to a group of schools, you have no clue what I’m talking about, but do read on.

Today’s kids will never know what went on back in the day, thanks to school reforms. If you never fetched darkness with a cup the you know nothing about real schooling.

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We all have fond and bad memories about our time back in high-school. Here are some that will rekindle your memory:

1. Bullying

This is what was dreaded by most newbies especially those joining Form One. It ranged from being flogged, to doing laundry for the seniors, being asked to do unachievable things like jumping off a tree in slow motion, collecting darkness in a bottle, drawing the smell of mandazi etc.


One of the slogans was “A form one is a donkey to be used anytime, anyhow by anyone” You were lined up and asked to recite these words over and over until they sank in you. To extreme cases, the bullying resulting to death or irreversible injuries.

2. Running for food

High-school was survival for the fittest toughest. The faint hearted could die hungry. Every time the bell for breakfast, lunch and supper rang, students were ready to hit the door once the teacher was done with the lesson. Some of us didn’t have the luxury to attend “group of schools” and therefore porridge was served in one 20litre bucket.

running kids

It was a first come first served basis, with scenes of students pushing and shoving  hoping to dip their mug and fetch some porridge. It was a dirty event. People got burned and the bucket kept breaking. The manner-less student would spit in the porridge or pour soil in it.

3. Escaping from school

This was done by the “commandos”. It required utmost courage to sneak out of school in the night to get snacks. They would fell the items like Diamonds, and for  every break the price of goods went up. A lollipop could fetch as high as 100 bob by evening. Woe unto you if you got caught sneaking, you were required to buy enough for the whole school.

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4. Burning punishments

Sometimes it feels like teachers back then were animals. Punishments were gruesome. They included; filling a bucket with water using a spoon, digging holes which had all measurements equal to your body one, sleeping under the hot sun on the parade space etc. Some of these forms of punishments would take you a week to be done and the teachers cared less about you missing classes.

stressed kid

5. Petty stealing

If you’d never had your clothes stolen, and left with the clothes on your back, you can’t  speak of having a high-school life. Your whole outfit would be gone by the first week, including your under garments. The sad part is that you’d see some senior guy wearing it and could not say anything. You just hoped the holy-spirit would shine on him and he’d return your clothes.

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