I wonder what my life is like as a corp member. Typical? Yeah. Any corp member reading this is probably chuckling right now. Is there anything I have to do with your life? I guess not.
If not PPA, CDS, and Fellowship is there anything special about the life of a corp member?
Well, maybe there is and I am about to try my best and paint a picture of it.
Everyday Routine (5:30 – 8:00am):
Pray for about 45minutes. Fetch water for the bathroom and toilet. Kitchen duties (cooking, washing, and cleaning). Bath. Groom myself. And off to PPA (A Secondary school).
On calm days, classes occur without incidents. Those days are even rare. Most days the students over here are volatile for any number of reasons ranging from drama activities to a gang fight in the school premises. So we respect ourselves. Not too strict, not so playful. Just to avoid stories that touches the heart.
Class is [always] taught with the background cacophony of vernacular, discussions and extreme cases of “Master ebin kpa mi”. That is how morality have degraded that corps members who do not hear a language are abused in such language. It happens to most corps members posted to public schools. Don’t ask me why (or how).
We dismiss 2:00pm, start lesson by 2:20 and close finally, by 4:20pm. If I have lesson that day, I stay. If not, I leave. This lesson thing is even a state-wide caricature of the educational system.
Go home. Bath. Eat. Take a nap (if nothing obstructs it). Wake up anytime. Chat with friends (or surf the internet). Cook. Eat. Prepare notes or fall asleep.
Let’s now talk about those funny days at my PPA, a bit on CDS and weekend life; especially Saturdays.
My Place of Primary Assignment
To some people, this is the best thing that ever happened to them, to some it is the worst and to people like me, it is just another life event. Why it is so is what I am about to tell you.
It is a Monday in October. Waking up sometimes is not always fun on the first day of the work week. After spending the whole of Sunday at Osogbo doing Igbo day or the entire weekend at a friend’s, had a friend over during the weekend or went for an event (like naming ceremony or just a hangout) which lasted till around seven. You will be weak and grumbling over the stress of a new workweek on Monday morning.
My PPA is quite a large school with about 800 students per class. The school has several blocks, streamlining the classes further into 7blocks per class (SS2 A to I).
On Mondays I normally plan myself for the present week. Check the roll-call (as a class teacher SS3B), check the scheme of work, prepare the week’s lesson (if I have not done so already), and submit it to the Head of Department.
On Tuesday, this is when the duty of entering classes officially begins for me. Our class schedule is 40minutes. This means we have several class periods a day. But I teach 60minutes per class. They call me Maths teacher.*winks*. So to understand those numbers, mixed with English, my students need a little more time.
On Wednesdays I do same as Tuesday, teaching those students.
On Thursdays, of course we all know this is NYSC’s official day off from PPA for corps members. And attend to their secondary assignment.
You know how Thursday turned out to be?? Woosky.
Attend CDS by 8:00am (or 7:00). Go for sensitization (Environmental & Sanitation CDS). Sign attendance by 11:00 or 12:00noon. Go home. Eat, sleep (or be useful) while I wait for 2:00pm. Fellowship starts by 2pm and lasts for about 1hr 30. After which I have the rest of the day to, lemme say, myself.
Thank God It’s Friday
Fridays do not really seem too much of a problem to me. When people start saying ‘Omo Na weekend things ooh!’ and I see myself on a simple outfit, I feel no grudge for the day. #TGIF. I always move around knowing there will be no stress the next day. Sleep, sleep, sleep, and hope for fun.
So you wake up Saturday morning from a tiresome week. And all u want to do is sleep like it’s all you’ve got to do. You then think of waking up to eat anything and everything… O boy! This is NYSC, not home. Gush*
You stumble from the bed, did your prayers and heading for the well to draw water for the bathroom and toilet you hear noises. The ladies upstairs are preparing for Saturday market. You quickly do a list, hands it to one of the girls and then continue with your water.
Water is drawn.
Now the washing and cleaning before you leave for the football pitch. Boys spend Saturdays playing football, computer games, or watching TV. Girls spend it shopping for the coming week.
What of boys, like me, who don’t play ball? They read, sleep, watch movies and talk.
Sundays… It’s always what it should be; worship God in church and go for events (when available) or play around.
Life as a corp member serving my fatherland [Nigeria] has not been easy. But, God by my side, I have gained more than I lost.
Despite the fact that I cannot paint a true picture of what NYSC has been like just know it is entertaining, experiencing and tantalizing. I do not know about yours. Can you share?