For long, the responsibility of a prefect has been the object of envy to many students. To others, however, it is a constant reminder of the traitor within, a sanctioned bully, always shopping for errors to punish. Timothy Makokha spoke to students about their encounters with prefects.
Just like people have varying abilities, prefects too have different levels of delivery. I have seen prefects who are really exemplary. Unfortunately, I have also had occasion to meet those prefects who really bad. They are always looking for something bad to punish you and prove to the administration that they are working. I wouldnâ€™t like to be a prefect but I respect them.
I have known most prefects to be bullies right from my S1. My mean-sized body at the time I joined S1 meant that every prefect wanted to push me around. One time I spoke in my mother tongue and a house prefect whom I thought only spoke Luganda demanded to know why I was not speaking English. She made me weed a maize farm. Some prefects must have felt inferior and sought security in faultfinding.
There is something that just doesnâ€™t add up between prefects and students. I was once a senator (prefect) in high school but I abandoned the position because fellow students hated us so much. As senators, we had the powers to punish fellow students and I think this is partly why we were not very popular with students. Perhaps my son will carry on from where I stopped and serve as a school prefect.
As a prefect from Oâ€™ level through Aâ€™ level, I made friends but I also made enemies. Troublemakers were particularly unlucky with me because they had to do some bit of raking. And there is nothing funny about this because school rules allowed that prefects punish â€˜messy students.
I have never been a prefect and I didnâ€™t like it either. There is the burden of supervising fellow students besides the stressful books. But all you get for your effort as a prefect, is hatred from fellow students. Sometimes, most prefects have their own personal issues to pick with students. Perhaps this is why I wouldnâ€™t encourage my child to take up such responsibilities in school.
All the prefects I have met have always taken sides with the administration. They do everything including taking wrong decisions like arbitrarily punishing students. This has earned them hatred from the students.
Students speak out on prefects