THE SCHOOL PEON
Points: Introduction – His name and age – Hid dress and family – His duties – conclusion.
One who sits outside the Head Master’s office is called a school peon. He is an important person. You think that he has no importance. But the Head Master knows very well how great his services are for the school. School cannot do without him.
Mubarak is our school peon. He is forty years old. He possesses a strong and healthy body. He has whitish colour; He belongs to a small village in Sind.
He is all the time in Khaki uniform. He has a white Cap on his head, He gets a uniform once for two years, from the school. He lives in a small room in the school building. He is married but his life and children live in the village.
He has numerous works to do. He comes an hour before the opening of the school. He cleans the Head Master's room and the office. He puts all things there in order. He opens the class room and dusts desks, tables and chairs. He then rings the bell.
As long as the school goes on, he sits near the Head Master's office. He carries out his orders. Sometimes he is sent to post letters. Sometimes he has to go to the bank to deposit or withdraw school money Sometimes he circulates an order in the classes. At other times he shows the visitors in. He does all this and other duties willingly and happily. He goes on ringing the bell at the end of each period. If sometimes he is irregular in this important duty, everybody complains against him for the school work suffers.
When it is time to close the school, he rings the final bell. He shuts all the doors and windows after the boys have gone. He then puts the keys in his pocket and goes home.
He lives a bard life. He gets a small salary. With the small income he cannot keep his family with him in the town. He has been in the service of this school for the last fifteen years.