It was a primary school. The geography
teacher asked for a volunteer among the pupils in the class. One of them was quick
to oblige. He went to the Atlas Library and brought a canvas roll of Africa map
and, as enthusiastically, proceeded to hang the now spread canvas across the tripod
blackboard. This practice though usual, required some height and prior experience
for any volunteer.
On this occasion, however, the canvas map
slipped from the hands of the pupil and fell onto the floor much to his embarrassment.
The mishap was greeted with a lively roar of laughter in the class. Surprisingly,
the teacher got visibly angry. He thought that the pupil had obliged the class-mates
with an amusement at the cost of his respect as a teacher.
teacher asked the pupil to stand to attention in a corner of the class. The teacher
however got further angry at the pupil when he saw that some of his classmates
were making signs of teasing at him for his punishment as if he was the one who
was prompting the spectacle. So the teacher asked the pupil to go out and wait
for him outside the office of the headmaster while he was continuing with his
A Real Dilemma.
The headmaster on the other
hand finding the pupil outside his class missing his lessons, directed him to
return to his lessons. The pupil seeing himself in a real dilemma decided not
to venture back to face the teacher while he was in that ugly mood. Instead, he
moved about in the lobbies until the period was over and returned to register
his presence outside the office of the headmaster as instructed earlier by the