The Schools of Old

24 Nov

🙂 Awe man!! Doesn’t it just bring a smile to you face. Remembering ’em days…..(sigh)

Can anyone ever explain why primary school experiences are such a timeless treasure.

Who remembers leaving school so excited about a soap/series that was showing on t.v. only to go to school the next day and regale each other in such excited voices about the episode you watched the previous night.

The days when we lived for, UTV and CTV: What was CTV in full? Cable television? Or Cablesat Television? The days when Pingu, Kissyfur, Punkybrewster and i think Telspin were the things that rocked television!!!

The days when the old school giants were Nakasero, Buganda Road, Kitante. When those giants had foolish and pointless wrangles and wars between them. Back when the only schools in Kampala used to be Nakasero, Buganda Road, Kitante, Bat Valley and Shimoni ‘Demonstration’ School (Moment of silence please… :))

The days when, kiboko aka caining was corporal punishment but what the heck! They still ‘walloped’ us like no problem. The times when you knew talking in class would get you in trouble, so you kept quiet, but your neighbor in class was born mouth first. So even if you kept quiet, the teacher still came in to give all of you some ‘Medicine’, so what the heck….You know the saying – If you can’t beat them, join them.

The times when teachers were incredibly creative when it came to punishments. I remember one day, one of the teachers walked into a very noisy class that was immediately shushed. He walked to the Black board, picked up a piece of chalk and then drew a cartoon on the black board then said; “take this position”. The cartoon had it’s back bent and its head on the desk with its arms at a 45 degree angle to its back! So we did, for may be 30 or 20 minutes. Then it was Kiboko time – This particular teacher was talented, his art was caining the point where the back meets the bottom.

The days when joining the music, french or drama club was for geeks only. The days when the social upstanding ones were in one class and walked in clicks. The days when 50 Shillings could buy you a ‘sombusa’. The days when the school library was so dusty you could inscribe you’re name in the dust every where. 

The days when a certain section of the school was haunted. Ghosts in the loos, hanging from trees – The more creative the mind, the more interesting the story. The days when we used to sing:

We young weeemen and Men of Uganda,

Are marching along,

The path of educayation,

Singing and Dancing ,

With joy together,

Uniting foor a better Uganda.

* That is actually how we loudly recited it

 The days when going to P.E. was such a punishment!! The only part of P.E. were the songs we chanted on the way to the field and when every were victorious. Songs like: ‘Yongezomuliro’ , Songs we made up to taunt fellow clubs.

The days when we had only four subjects and yet still carried seriously heavy bags. The days when the back of the P.6 block was where we lined up for food. Those lines……It almost felt like an EM pulse was sent trough the line. You had to have stamina to withstand. The day when a certain tree in the compound was the only one the seemed to have very many holes in the ground surrounding it. The days when boys felt it their civic responsiblity to go home one button or shoe less.

The days when you heard that there was a sick bay in school but never knew where it was. The days when walking home was the in thing, if your parents came to pick you, it felt like you mist out. The days when we carried 2 toilet papers and 1 broom. Now i wonder, I never used that toilet paper. The days when captain Majid bags rocked, and Freedom bags were the in thing.

The days when landlines rocked and voicemail (Answering machine) was not a problem. The days when we used to call mobile phones, were unheard of… When the coming of DSTV was a dream and strictly for the rich. The days when prank phone calls were the order of the holiday. When saturday classes were and excuse for you to meet.

The days when you could care less about the economy, fuel prices, or even the president of the US.

Man….Those were the days.


Posted by on November 24, 2008 in School Days


19 responses to “The Schools of Old

  1. Emi's

    November 24, 2008 at 6:43 am

    I have them -The socks.

    lol the kiboko’s.
    I hate primo for one thing only, The Kiboko. of course in most cases I was in the wrong and should have been let off but this did not stop me from watching cartoons Pingu (UBC rocks) and missing my home work….Oh am turning htg

  2. therisingpage

    November 24, 2008 at 6:53 am

    @ Emi, lol I haven’t the slightest how I forgot about the Homework…Gosh! The workload…
    As for Kiboko, Emi I know what you are talking about – sometimes the teachers had muscle pulls or cramps and needed to exercise their arms some.

  3. The Emrys

    November 24, 2008 at 9:51 am

    the days when our tv was black and white so we couldn’t really know which colors lorenzo lamas had on, we would talk about his moves but not his clothes until someone mentioned it then we would also pretend as if… 😀 oh man

  4. therisingpage

    November 24, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Lorenzo…. Oooh that guy had my heart…I was a total devotee – hated that chick for turning him down in the movie.
    Then broke my heart when rumour spread that he died of mad cow…

  5. Erique

    November 24, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Who remembers ‘Another life’, ‘Top cops’ and the stupid bleep at midnight on UTV…
    damn we r old

  6. The Emrys

    November 24, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    ha man that bleep, when the curtain of colors would come over the screen just after the national anthem, yep we are truly old

  7. Mudamuli

    November 24, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    I still feel like I am the only one left in those days with no DSTV.

    I remember Sanyu TV with its “I am Yusuf Kalyango junior for Sanyu television news” and that ki voice ‘Lucia Mendez and Andrez Garcia in No one but you.’

    Incidentally, there’s another Andrez Garcia on some NTV soap but he’s an old man.

  8. esquire inc.

    November 24, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    this just made me feel so old and yet at the same time eternally grateful for these simple joys..the world is soo complicated now…99 channels…1000 primary schools…everyone drives and you dont even know your classmate or

  9. therisingpage

    November 25, 2008 at 5:19 am

    @ Mudamuli, For those of us who didn’t have ‘DSTV’ Sanyu was an awesome sub – That is until it turned into TV Africa.

    @ Erique, I heard a rumour that Another Life is still running up to now.

    @ Emrys, I think that curtain still comes on.

    @ Esquire, In those days every one lived in flats and every one knew everyone.

    Who remembers Neighbours? The song – Everybody needs good neighbours…

  10. jny23ug

    November 25, 2008 at 8:21 am

    i remember when oba CTV or STV introduced CNN during the day. we would sit and watch regardless of the fact that we hardly understood a thing about stock index and stuff.
    Top of the pops, music parade and music africa really rocked those days.
    Then came in Multichoice with only 3 channels (mnet, movie magic and supersport) but bloody expensive.

  11. eddsla

    November 25, 2008 at 10:17 am

    I still fail to undstand y our school bags were always so full yet we had only 4subjects.
    My bigsis used to like watchn ‘Rose’ was it? then moms Riviera. remember channelo on stv…Mmeeeen, those wa the days!

  12. Minty

    November 26, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Some nice reminiscing going on here. We used to play battle games in unfinished houses and the bush – the same games kids today play on playstation comfortably seated on the sofa or bed.
    As for TV, Punky Brewster, Inspector Derrick, Disco Rally and Riviera were thrilling!

  13. The Emrys

    November 27, 2008 at 7:03 am

    caster used to rock

  14. therisingpage

    November 27, 2008 at 8:02 am

    @jng23ug, remember that show that used to have a guy sweeping a disc? Can’t remember which it was.

    @ Minty, Inspector Derrick ruled..Sadly i was never allowed to watch Riviera although the whole class would be raving about it the next day.

    @ Emrys, Caster??

  15. Princess

    January 22, 2009 at 5:21 am

    How about the series with the clown named “IT”? It used to scare the hell outta me!

  16. therisingpage

    January 22, 2009 at 6:45 am

    @ Princess, Was that the one that had the guy in a raincoat??? A yellow rain coat??

  17. Ugandan girl

    February 13, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Kale i so remember..I kinda got used to Kiboko in that when i was cained i kinda missed them..Oh boy how about the when kids used to go to school with one sandle and one…i saw miss those days..I kinda doubt primo is the same these days..

    Oh and i was thinking about another life the other day.

  18. Sleek

    July 3, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    “The days when captain Majid bags rocked, and Freedom bags were the in thing.”..i’m saving this so many memories…the simple joys.I think u were in Nakasero..prank 4ne calls, calling people landlines and asking the dad that u’d like to speak to his daughter

  19. therisingpage

    July 6, 2009 at 5:41 am

    @ Uggal: these days you go with one sandal and one shoe, you’d be laughed out of school

    @ Sleek: Finally i find one of the culprits


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