Open House Day: When Teachers Turn Into Monsters

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Open House Day: When Teachers Turn Into Monsters

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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grandmother once told me that if my eye started twitching, then something wrong was destined to happen. Even though I waved it off as superstitious mumbo-jumbo, my eye has always twitched around the time of ICSE & HSC results. Not because I thought I would fail (I knew that), but because getting your results inevitably leads to Open House Day, the worst day of a student’s entire year.

A glum-faced student is usually seated on the couch while his parents are teaming up with the teacher to loudly highlight his wasted potential. It’s that time of the year when the chickens come home to roost, as the teachers snitch on the students to their parents. Typically held over the weekend, this dreaded occasion goes by many names: D-Day, Dard-e-Diwas, Yellallympics, or, as Terminator fans would say, Judgement Day. Students hate it, but teachers love it. To them, it is a golden opportunity to get back at the kids who’ve been giving them a throbbing headache all year long.

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