August 17: You might think that schools would discourage students from using bad words, but it is not so. Schools in England will soon be teaching their pupils swearwords in an attempt to stop them from using bad language! Does that make any sense?

Apparently, British teachers feel that young children pick up swearwords from adults and older children, and they do not have a clue what the words really mean. This new scheme has already created quite a controversy. According to the Education Board, children, as young as 11, will be asked to write down as many swearwords as they can think of. Teachers will then explain what each word means in the hope that the students will not use them again.

Swear, it's true!
Swear, it’s true! [Illustration by Anup Singh]

Parents are not so sure about this new course though, and say that the plan – aimed at 11 to 16-year-olds – will simply give children a wider variety of curses to use.

The course, which is optional for schools at present, might become compulsory by the end of the year. All this really sounds crazy. Doesn’t it? Thankfully, the Education Board does not intend to test students on swear words yet!

TRIVIA

In UK, “to bunk off” means to shirk one’s duties. Teenagers use it as a term for avoiding school lessons.