The School Peon
Every office or institution has a peon. His service for office is necessary. His works have a different importance. I have seen many peons at different office. But I like my Principal’s office peon. His duties are limited but important. One who sits outside the Principal’s office is also called a school peon. He is an important person. Principal knows that school cannot do without him.
Shyam Sunder is our school peon. He is about forty years. He is a tall man. He possesses strong body. He is quite healthy. He has wheatish complexion. He belongs to a small village.
He is all the time in ‘Khaki’ uniform. He wears a white Gandhi cap. He gets uniform every year from the school. He lives in a small room in the school compound. He is a married person. His wife and children live in the village.
He has one hundred and one duties to do. He comes an hour before the opening of the school. He clean the Principal’s room. He dusts desks, tables and chairs in the class rooms. He then rings the bell.
As long as the school goes on, he sits near the Principal’s office. He carries out his orders sometimes he goes 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 also. He goes on ringing the bell at the end of each period. Sometime if he is irregular in his duties, everybody complains against him, because the school work begins to suffer.
When it is time to close the school, he rings the close 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 hard life. He gets a small salary of two thousands rupees in a month. With the small income he cannot keep his family with him. In the town he cannot support his family. He has been in the service of this school for the last fifteen years.
Shyam Sunder’s motto is ‘Quick service with a smile’. His position is humble. But he has the qualities of a great man. He is prince among the peons.
Essay No. 2
Our School Peon
Mr. Santosh Chand is our school peon. He is a middle aged man. He is a model of simplicity and obedience and self effacement.
He gets up early in the morning and starts working. He does whatever he can for the school.
He lives in the quarters allotted to him by the school authorities. These quarters lie in a corner of the school campus. The quarters comprise a thatched hut, a bathroom and a toilet.
Hew lives in this one room hut with the other members of his family. His family comprises his wife and two school going children. His children are given free education in the school. He grows some vegetables for himself and his family in the vacant plot near his hut.
He rings the school bell regularly after every period. He carries notices to the classes. He brings tea and eatables for the teaching staff from the canteen. He cleans the chairs, benches and desks with a duster.
Sometimes his duty shifts from the office to the cycle shed, hall, staff room, stadium, gymnasium, etc. He does his duty wholeheartedly wherever he is appointed.
Sometimes he is sent to the tour on some official work. He never shirks his responsibility. It is a pity that he draws a very small salary. His salary and perks must be increased.
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OUR SCHOOL PEON
Ganga Ram is the peon of our school. He is about forty-year-old. He wears a ‘khaki’ uniform when on duty. He is always happy. He lives in a small quarter within the school compound.
Ganga Ram is a strong and healthy man. He keeps his hair tidy. His sandals are always wears a small cap on his head. On holidays he wears a kurta pyjama. He is very punctual. He rings the first bell half an hour before school time. He opens the door and windows of class rooms. He dusts furniture in classes and sets them in proper order. He opens the principal’s office. He also cleans the table and chairs. After that he rings the second bell. The classes are held after the second bell.
Ganga Ram does not forget his duties. He gives pieces of chalk and duster to each teacher. He rings the bell according to the time-table. He sits on a stool in front of the headmaster’s (principals) office. When the principal rings the call bell, Ganga Ram at once enters his room to listen him.
We like our school peon. He helps us when the need arises. He tells us to work hard and be good children. He is a dutiful servant. All the students love him very much.