The Tradition of Inspection


The tradition of inspection is another hallmark of MCKK till today. During the weekly Saturday dormitories inspection by the Duty Master, the upper secondary boys must wear college ties. For inspections, everything had to be proper; the lockers, the attire, the hair, the fingernails, socks, shoes, beds. Even your worldly possession of fork and spoon, soap-cases, toothbrush, toothpaste had to be displayed immaculately.

Critics deplored this emphasis on “proper” dress as “aping the English gentlemen” and claim that it created an unhealthy concern with appearances. To this its defenders replied that it was part of gracious living in any society. Looking good was in a way of actually looking and going up. Besides, without such rules there was no knowing what bizarre togs the boys might experiment with.


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