The School Peon
The peon is an important figure in the school. He is the first to come to school and the last to go home. It is he who opens the classrooms in the morning and shuts them after the school is over. He also dusts the Principal’s office and keeps the things in order. He looks after the cleanliness of the school. He is the backbone of the school.
The peon puts on a uniform. This uniform can be either white or khaki. He generally sits on a stool outside the Principal’s office. He rings the school bell. He carries notices from the Principal to different classes for teachers and students. Whenever he brings a notice of some holiday, the students feel happy. He has to be very watchful and active. He is always on his toes.
The peon is a much sought-after person in the school. He acts as a link between the visitors and the Principal. He serves water to the principal and also brings tea for him. He goes here and there in the school campus. He takes care of school property. He does not let any student pluck flowers grown in flower-pots. If anything goes wrong anywhere in the school, he reports the matter to the Principal.
The peon is an uneducated person. However he can read and write according to his need. He works hard but his pay is small. The school boys do sometimes help him. Something must be done to improve his lot.