I did not apply to study in a residential school but I was offered placement in
one. So claimed my parents "I was selected !". According to them, I made the
grade and I should say yes. There are others waiting for this golden
opportunity. I do not fall into the eager beaver category. I still want to study
in a day school.
I do not deny that a residential school has several plus
factors in its favor.
First, for many, a residential school is a home away from home. It is a
foster home complete with wardens and teachers who are surrogate fathers and
mothers. The school is fitted with the best if not better facilities than day
schools. The hostels resemble home facilities. The hostelites receive a better
and advanced level of education.
Second, it is expected that a boarder's potential is exploited to the maximum
where he has the upper hand over his peers in day schools. Not only does he
develop physically, psychologically and emotionally, he is also groomed to face
life's challenges. He builds up a strong mental framework. He learns lessons of
self-reliance and care for others. A residential school is the mini-university
Third, adapting to a new environment would ease a boarder to enter into other
worlds as he grows. He becomes self-reliant and tackles problems independently.
He cultivates self-respect within himself. He is confident as he learns to
believe in himself. He grows in maturity as he takes appropriate decisions to
recognize his aptitude and talents.
I have enumerated the factors in favor of
residential schools. Despite the scales being heavier, I still wish to opt for a
day school. These are the minus factors of residential schools.
First, day schools may have a dense population per class. The facilities may
not be the best but students make do with whatever they have and learn to do
without what they do not have. the teachers may not be the best but one thing I
do know, they are genuinely concerned for their students and give of their best.
they are also our surrogate fathers and mothers. Their goal is to make us worthy
of ourselves and for us to peak academically.
Second, the challenging school environment under the tutelage of both
teachers and parents allow us room to metamorphose
into dynamic personalities. Day schools set high goals too so that students
mature into self-confident, independent and responsible adults. I have the trust
and the faith in my teachers that they would not abandon us but allow us to bend
with the willow, as they had executed for the past students who are living
testimonies of their guidance. The school alumni is a potent force to be
Third, I prefer the last two years of my secondary education to be in a day
school because I wish to be with my family. I won't have much time once I enroll
in a tertiary course and embark on a career. I want to maximize the time with my
family. Please let me have the complete unadulterated
dose of family time.