Attending public schools in Nigeria comes with different shades of awesomeness and brutality. One of such brutality is punishment mete out to students who err.
These punishments come in different sizes and are served at different times for different reasons, depending on the mood of the server or the severity of the offense.
The server could be a teacher, principal, prefect or just a senior student who wants to disgrace you for not agreeing to his proposal or dating someone he is crushing on
Below, we highlight 11 punishments that only people who attend secondary schools will remember.
1. Washing of toilet
This is the highest of all punishment. Any student sentenced to washing the toilet is never the same for a long time. The chronic smell from those public school toilets is enough to abort a baby. Every student dreads this punishment. This punishment is served when a student commits a terrible offense.
2. Kneel down and raise up your hands
It may sound like an easy punishment but when you have been left kneeling for hours with your hands hanging in the air, you would know it’s not as easy as it looks. Your hands must not go down else the time for the punishment will be extended or you receive a lashing on your back.
3. Picking of litters
Latecomers are familiar with this punishment. This is very common when you are late for school. You are asked to pick the liters from the school gate down to the end of the school with a teacher or prefect monitoring you. It’s also an opportunity for the “olodos” to skip the first period especially if it’s a subject they hate.
4. Cutting of grass
This punishment often lasts for several days. You are subjected to cutting a large portion of grass. When you are done, your waist and hand will be on fire. This is mostly served when a set of students, mostly a class, commits an offense.
5. Submitting one leg of your sandal
You see those big boys that stroll into the school without wearing socks? This is their punishment. Sometimes, they don’t get to retrieve their sandal until closing time.
Flogging happens at different times for different reasons. It could happen in the classroom, staff room, principal’s office, and so on. The worst part of flogging is the one dished on the assembly ground, public disgrace.
7. Go home to bring your parents
This is the most dreaded of all punishments. This is served when every other punishment has failed to impart sense into the student’s coconut head. The worst thing is that you are not to return to school until you bring your parent. The bad students usually hire parents. LOL.
8. Swapping seat
This usually happens during an exam. The evil teacher/invigilator will just walk in and start swapping seats. You will see the brilliant ones beaming with smiles and you see fear and worry on the faces of the “olodos” because their strategy to cheat has just been disrupted.
9. Answering a very difficult question before the class
This punishment has destroyed several people’s chances of having a secondary school boo. Anyone who metes out this punishment should be jailed. The teacher comes into the class and then calls you to solve a difficult problem before your classmates, including your crush which automatically ruins your chance because the whole class now knows you are intellectually naked.
10. Pick Pin
Picking pin means putting one finger on the floor and raising one leg. You are to maintain that position sometimes until the teacher’s period is over or until the teacher is satisfied.
If the teacher is wicked, you will get flogged for an attempt to move your body or change position. This punishment can be served for any offense, depending on the mood of the teacher.
11. Ride Okada
Riding a bike or motorcycle may be fun but riding an imaginary one is the highest of all evil. You are forced to ride an imaginary bike by squatting and stretching your hands forwards.
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