IELTS Cue Card Sample 473 - A rule you did not like in school

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a rule you did not like in school.

Please say:

  • what it was
  • how others thought about this rule
  • have you ever violated this rule

and explain why you did not like this rule.

 

Sample Answer 1:
Well, this topic reminds me my school days when things were quite different than they are now. Things were magical, more colourful and in my mind everything was possible. I quite loved my school days and our teachers were very friendly. When some of my neighbours were worried about their kids in schools, my parents, on the contrary, were very contented about their son’s schooling.

I loved everything about my school except one thing – attending the cultural programmes arranged by the teachers and class captains on last Thursday of the month. It was mandatory to attend this event every month and I did not like it at all.

I mostly hated it because I thought that attending this event should have been optional, not mandatory. If I loved singing, dancing, debating or acting only then I would have felt attracted to such events and in my case, this was not true. I loved listening to music but when I had to sing, I simply loathed it. Same goes for dancing, debating, poem writing, acting in Shakespeare’s play and so on. In my timid and fragile mind, this was kind of torture. Though I feel differently these days about this rule and event and find it quite charming, it was not the case in my school days. Another reason I did not like the rule was because the power the class captains exercised during the event. To illustrate how they used their power I would like to tell you an event. One day I had a disagreement with my class captain and he threatened me that he will have his revenge soon. Two weeks later during the cultural programme he selected me as a volunteer singer in a play without even notifying me. That was quite an embarrassing moment for me.

I think others mostly enjoyed this event and rule until they were called to attend the programme in front of the teachers and other students. Some of our classmates have passions in such events and they enjoyed participating and they felt that everybody should attend it. A few students were more attracted to sports and TV shows and they did not like it as far as I recall. I actually violated this rules quite a few times. Once my parents came to meet my math teacher and I went home with them and skipped this programme. In many other occasions, I tried to skip attending this programme and in some cases I was successful.

If you ask me whether this was a good rule or not, I would say, this was in fact, a good rule to introduce art, literature and cultural programs to the young students. I learned more about Shakespeare and his work through this programme than reading academic books. Thus it was a good initiative and a good rule as I understand now.


 

Sample Answer 2:
In my early days, schooling was never fun for me as it is today for the kids. In fact, I had to go through some unwanted and tiresome rules and regulations like detention in my school days. I will discuss the entire issue now.

Detention is a kind of punishment, or ‘a disciplinary measure’ – termed by our honourable teachers. They liked the process very much and ordered anyone even for the slightest excuse of discipline violation. I was lucky in this sense that I did not have to undergo any corporal punishment from my school in Kentucky in the USA that my ancestors did. But in the moment when the nation was forwarding in at a great speed, punishing the kids with detention was really unwanted and not welcomed to many, especially the students. But nobody stepped ahead to protest about this ‘touching’ issue at the schools. Now I am free of the troubles but the experiences were really shocking.  

The teachers and parents were positive about this particular disciplinary measures and they became glad when they heard their kids have been taken to detention at the school. In fact, they were on the view that the kids will be disciplined if they are punished for violation of the rules and regulations of schools. Yet the view was different among us – who were detained or punished in other forms. So, we were always in serious trouble when the detention order was issued for us. Actually, it was not a pleasant experience to be detained for three to four hours and have some extra burdens or assignments. Thereby, a majority of the students were unwilling to violate any rules and regulations of the school lest they are detained in the holidays.  

Once I had violated the rule. But I was not that much matured to realise the consequences of the violations. Fortunately, the teacher who issued the detention did not carefully investigate into the issue and thus I was saved. On a Saturday, I was detained for six hours in the detention zone of the school with the charges of copying from another student’s answer script in the exam. But I left the place after only half an hour and fortunately the teacher who issued the detention was a bit careless about me as he thought I would be unable to get out before the detention was over. Actually, it was a tremendous success for me to bunk the detention.    

The school I studied in had some hard and fast rules. If someone violated the slightest part of the rule, s/ he had to be punished. Sometimes the punishments took place for weird reasons. I was punished for my forgetfulness. Often I forgot to bring the homework copies and as a result, I was punished with detention for extra one or two hours. Even sometimes, my parents also had to appear before the teachers to reduce the punitive measures. The entire environment was horrible at that time. The same thing happened for many of the other kids with my class. They turned reluctant to attend school fearing the punishments. For all such reasons, I did not like the rule of detention. However, I could not avoid the rule until I was in my ninth grade. the students of this grade were free of the detention rules.

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