Yes, boarding school helps inculcate some values, like sanitation, discipline, teaches self dependency, the "housechild" you were would be broken; where you run to mummy and daddy at whim. Mind you, boarding school is no vacation like I assumed in my child mind. Had to wake by 5, do chores for self and a host of seniors, get ready for school, be punished for one offence or two and still attend classes and back. In my young mind, I wondered if anything could be worse? (Now I know better).
As juniors, we were made to do the brunt of the work, in an attempt to make us stronger. Which kind strong biko? Though, It had a few good sides, my stay as a boarder won't make me send my child to a boarding school. I didn't last three years, na so I run make person no kill me for my mama and papa (thanks to the ill-health that finally made my dad make up his mind to let me leave the boarding house cos he initially didn't want me to leave).
My experience as a boarder was horrorful. I was scared of waking up, sleeping, leaving the hostel, going to eat, almost hated breathing, Lolz. The fear of seniors was the beginning of wisdom. There was a time we were forced to lie down on top of soldier ant as a form of punishment cos we didn't sweep the compound as a result of rain. Hmmm, Soldier Ant show me pepper that day, entered every every (you know what I mean).
If you didn't give seniors your provisions or water, you are in big soup. I had a school father, and a senior that was eyeing him hated me for that and punished the hell out of me in the hostel. Another senior flogged me with wire cos I refused to give her my provisions. Hmmm, if I say everything I passed through, we won't leave here today. Chai! Wickedness in high places. Anywayz, no boarding school for my kids oo, hubby must agree biko.
So how was your experience like as a boarder or day student? Let's chat friends.