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  1. Introduction
  2. Victims
  3. Services
  4. Assembly
  5. Essay review
  6. Conclusion

Monday morning's general assembly at the school was the most dreaded event. On that particular day the head teacher of the local Methodist Primary School at Bodum, Mr. Rufus Obiri, put in an appearance himself. He would, in a stern mood, read out the names of students who were to be subject to corporal punishment. The penalty was normally six strokes of the cane, expertly administered by the feared assistant head teacher, Mr. Lionel Menach, who was notorious for his lack of sympathy. The student victim would be stretched up face down horizontally some three feet above the ground held hands and feet by four stout boys. When the back of the target had felt the smack of the last stroke, he or she would have screamed the umpteenth time to be penitent. But Monday after Monday the same process was repeated again and again. School children learnt little from their own or each other's experience.

The first category of Monday assembly victims was those whose parents had reported them to the head teacher for one infraction or the other committed over the weekend. The commonest breach was refusal to go to the farm on Saturday with the parents and/or siblings. I hated going to the farm on Saturdays, but I did not need to. By some good fortune my parents were religiously Saturday Sabbath keepers and the day was observed by the household as a rest day.

[...] I felt too much compassion for him to cause him further embarrassment by revealing myself as his victim of years gone by now re-emerging as a benefactor. That twist of fate could be too much for him to bear. For me it signified the quirks of life! [...]


[...] Write an essay or a story to illustrate how as a victim you came out as a victor at the end Monday morning's general assembly at the school was the most dreaded event. On that particular day the head teacher of the local Methodist Primary School at Bodum, Mr. Rufus Obiri, put in an appearance himself. He would, in a stern mood, read out the names of students who were to be subject to corporal punishment. The penalty was normally six strokes of the cane, expertly administered by the feared assistant head teacher, Mr. [...]


[...] The second category of victims was those who did not show up for the Sunday 9 am to 12 noon service at the local Methodist Church. The head-teacher doubled as catechist, and admission to the Methodist Primary and Middle schools compelled attendance at Sunday services. None was exempt: whether Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist or whatsoever. Thus the school became an extension of the church, notwithstanding that the greater number of pupils had to vacate the pews for adults and stand outside on the verandahs, or even in the scorching sun. [...]

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