Our school is one of the popular mix schools in the major city in North Western province. We are sitting for the GCE (O/L) examination in three months time. In school days we spend nearly half of the day at school. By now we are so much familiar with the school and specially close to each other in the class. We go to school together, study, eat, play, laugh, organize special events and do all the stuff together. As all the teenagers we are stuck to our groups every minute. And this is the final year that all of us are staying together sharing our joys.
Although we are on the school holidays extra classes are held in the school. No doubt all the girls and guys love attending them. Further we know that the exam is close and we should try hard. And one day as usual we went to school and class ended in 3 hours. Some students left. Rest stayed with the teacher till their parents come to fetch them and discussing the next day’s lesson.
Kanchi went to the gate with three of her friends Anupama, Ishara and Rahim. They were there for two three minutes and Kanchi and the two guys whose parents were not there returned while Anupama left. It didn’t take a minute for the Principal of our school to appear at the door. The whole class was steady and silent.
“Who was the girl at the gate? It was you right? Stand up!”
Kanchi stood up. “To whom were you talking to at the gate? The Guy?”
Kanchi was silent and the teacher answered “It was one of this class. Ishara”. She pointed him to stand up and he did.
“There was another one!” said the Principal.
Rahim also stood up.
“Then who is the guy who left the gate seeing me?”
“Sir, it wasn’t a guy. It was Anupama. A girl of the same class”
“A girl? Oh a girl in a boy’s school uniform? Don’t try to fool me. You better know that you can’t hide anything from me! I saw him leaving, of course I did. Don’t let me ever catch you playing around!”
My dear Sir was steady in his opinion and asked the teacher not to have any extra class for us anymore. He was tough and looked powerful, we were pretty scared. A teacher and nearly twenty children were there to swear that Anupama was not a boy. But he didn’t hear any.
I really don’t think our Principal sir was fair.