This just got in...
Mrs. Kavitha (Moral teacher) and Mr. Goh took no hesitation to be the barrier of bad news. Wasn't sure how the subject came up in the middle of Moral class while we're busy discussing about affects of man's actions towards the fauna and extinction of certain animals like Asian elephants, tapir, hippopotamus... and back to the point. She got my doubts confirmed. The principal's extending our schooling hours! According to her, he's adding an extra 5 minutes to every period we have which adds up to a total of 45 minutes before we could actually end school! The disgruntled looks and groans of the pupils of the class says it all. I, for one, am certainly not happy about this! One guy even asked, "Well, don't we have a say about this? Can we complain?". Mrs. Kavitha could only reply, smiling, "The teachers don't even have a say on this, what do you think?".
And there, she wasn't joking at all. I left her class, thinking of all those times that I'll be spending in school. After that, entering Mr. Goh's lesson, I couldn't help myself but to re-assure that what I just heard was for real. "I'm afraid so. He's decided to change. Just don't know what the changes are to our current timetable," was his only words as he put on a sad expression over his face which is rarely seen gloomy. It's like the whole school's just been cursed! That wasn't enough. I turned to Shamsudin for more precise dirt as his dad is the Head of Student Affairs, which I'm sure that he does share new like that with his son. "No, I haven't got anything. The principal's basically running things his way without other's consent, not even my dad," he said. It gave me more reasons to believe that the teachers really don't have a stand in any of this.
So far, there hasn't been any public announcements yet. I wonder how it's going to affect everyone else. The whole school probably has heard about this. Wait, the story doesn't end here.
Earlier that day...
As I was standing in the pool of students with the same uniform - white shirt with navy green long pants topped with the school tie - beside Edward, looking up at the principal on stage, making his speech, I had a really bad thought. I imagined myself going up on the stage, and holding the principal up on his tie and letting him go on the floor as I yelled my dissaproval of his new rules and changes to the school at him, while the whole school watches in great disbelief! After all, he's just a normal human being made up of 36chromosomes that I can easily defeat. And then, I imagined all the teachers and prefects that would be holding my enraging self back from giving him any more kicks and punches and how the crowd would be reacting by then (not to mention the "Ooohs" and the "Aaahs" by the female teachers). And then, I'd be taken away and imagine all the trouble I just got myself into. Maybe they'll even call up the police and it'll be a poilitical issue all over Malaysia.
That's the best angst-filled-imagination I've had for years! As reality filled me up once more, I figured I'd never do such a thing. First of all, I don't have the courage to do so and second, maybe I'm the only one who disapproves of his silly ideas! We'll never know for sure. I guess I was mad-driven by the I Not Stupid Too movie where the students took the liberty to assault the very annoying teacher! OMG, I'm influenced! Or maybe I was just angry.
The only explanation that I could have such a horrendous imagination was that the principal himself announced that he was going to be the only giving a speech on Monday assemblies and the rest of the stuff will be shifted to Wednesday assemblies. Before the principal came and messed things up so badly, Wednesday assemblies are only held once a month on the first Wednesday of every month to only gather everyone around with their Uniform Bodies uniform. Another stupid thing under the ministry lah! So sick of the ministry!
In other words, there's going to be weekly Wednesday assemblies now. The bad thing about Wednesday assemblies is that it is held at the school pavillion facing the field. The assembly will usually turn into an assembly filled with sweaty people standing under the sun, waiting anxiously for it to finish. To make things worse, not that's it's any good now, he's going to make every single one of us to present something during Wednesday assemblies. Not quite sure what the details are, but he said it himself. According to him, it's to discover talents! WTF! He could throw a competiton for that, considering all the power he has now to do whatever he wants in school! Edward did fore-warned me about this whole presenting-in-front-of-the-whole-school thing before. It's confirmed. All the things that were once rumours are taking life itself. One by one.
The teachers are not being left out from the sticky web of changes also. It seems to me, noone is able to get away from this person from Mars! Is he a robot controlled by the ministry to come dominate the school? Freaky. With his tall figure and balding hair, which , I think, he struggles everyday to comb it into an orderly manner, he's one hell of a killer machine! I've heard complaints by 2 teachers today, MS. Chee and Mr. Goh about their change their way of educating, writing a report and etc etc. I wouldn't know what a teacher's job is other than coming to class everyday to try their best to educate us hopeless young generation. LOL. Mr. Goh quoted the principal, "We all have to accept changes and get use to it." I almost vomitted on the spot.
Dad seems to be taken aback by these new changes with his sudden query about the date of the Annual Parent-Teacher conference, which he so suddenly took interest in, despite the fact that he has never attended any of these, after I told him the changes that was going to happen right away as soon as I got home. I told dad, "I'm going to apply for a transfer if this takes place sooner than I think it will and if I can't cope with it." Surprisingly, he said, "Which school would you prefer? Bukit Jambul seems to be okay." LOL. "Hold on, let me slowly digest all of these first," I said choking on my water.
As I continue grumbling to myself over the DEVASTATING news I've just received, I wondered to myself if I was the only one in the whole school that felt this way (besides Edward, of course). Can school get anymore complicated than this? I'm still pondering over the whole school transferring thing.