IELTS Cue Card: Describe a rule you did not like in school

Describe a rule you did not like in school

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 192 with Model Answer:

Describe a rule you did not like in school.


You should 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.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
The days of school were best in my life but I could not comply with one of the rules and that is attending at the assembly in the early hours of the day. Serangoon Garden Secondary School is highly strict over the issue.

Now I have crossed the boundary of school and studying Diploma in Business at a local college here in Singapore but the days before attending here were awesome to many extents. But there were some unpleasant issues as well. Due to my lifestyle, it was impossible to wake early hours in the morning. My school, the SGS, started its activities from 7.20am. I had to reach my school by 7.10 am and then placing my bag in the classroom, I along with the other students of my class went to attend the flag raising ceremony and assembly. The ceremony began at 7.20am and most of the times I could not stand well for sleep in me. It was too difficult for me to wake up at 6.45am and get ready for the school and then again stand in the playground for the formalities that ended by 7.35am.  

The reactions were mixed. Some of the students thought that attending the assembly was a good practice while most of the students were like me. In fact, attending the assembly would have been better if the assembly and the other events started in a bit late. It becomes difficult for most of the students to get up so early in the morning and the discipline was too strict. All of the students had to follow the rules and regulations strictly and if there were any disobedience about following the rules and regulations, strict measures were adopted as punishment for the students. Often, I have seen that many of the students are avoiding the assemblies as they are unable to stand at the playground under the sun. Sometimes they used to hide themselves in the toilets and on the other corners of the school from where they were able to skip the ceremony.

Yes, I have often violated the rule. I did that after I got promoted to the highest grade of the school. In fact, we had a group of students who used to violate the rule. In most of the cases, we used to hide ourselves in the toilets of the schools. Besides, we also had some special places to keep ourselves hidden till the assembly ceremony was over. When the ceremony got ended, all of the students used to reach their respective classrooms following a queue and we, the naughty students, used to penetrate with them in the classrooms so that nobody could doubt us. Sometimes, we used to make late and it was a bit flexible for the students of the last grade to be a little late for the class. Besides, when we did not have the intention to attend classes, sometimes we hid ourselves at the small room located on the rooftop. When the class was finished, we got down from there and took our seats at the last benches.

From my early childhood, I was naughty and still I am today. Thereby, my parents got me admitted at the school as its discipline is strict. The students are not allowed to go out of the rules and thus they become disciplined. But I was a bit different from the other students and remained busy in violating the rules. Though sometimes I tried to follow the rules, it was a bit difficult me to comply with all the rules. It was irritating for me to stand in a queue for the morning assembly and the most important reason was the small playground with no shade. All the students had to stand under the bare sun in the morning and some of them turned fade. I used to sweat a lot and when I stood under the sun, my school uniform got wet with my sweats. Besides, it was impossible for me to tolerate the same lectures every day at the assembly. The teachers used to make us take the pledge to do the good things and avoid the bad things. Definitely, their intentions were good but it was intolerable for me to pledge all the memorised verses in every morning. So, for all these reasons, I did not like the rule.


Sample Answer 2:
School days were the greatest days of my life. But there were some rules that I could not like in those days. Getting punishment for not bringing homework was one of them. This is a great topic and I would love to talk about it. The question reminds me of my childhood.

The school had a rule that if any student fails to bring the homework, s. he would be punished. Without considering the background, the teachers and the school authority imposed the rule on the students. We had no other ways left. They thought that the students want to bunk the assignments and thus they created the provision of punishment. For this provision, innocent students also had to suffer a lot. 

The majority of the student were against the rule but had no way to express their opinion. I admit that there are some students who are wicked by nature and they must be punished. But forgetting to bring a homework for complying with the other courses or some other reasons and getting punished was not wanted at all. I also had fallen victim of the punishment several times only for forgetting to bring the homework. In fact, I had completed them but forgot to take them with me through the school bag. This was a usual scenario for a majority of the students. So, the provision was undesired to all.   

To be honest, I tried to violate the rule but each time I failed. Actually, the teachers wanted us to be perfect human being in all terms. So, they were too careful about the homework issues. The more we showed excuses, the level of punishment increased. In fact, they did not want to believe us. One day, to avoid punishment, I told my teacher that I forgot to bring the homework and if I am allowed, I could bring that within a short time. Despite bringing the homework within next 15 minutes (my residence was adjacent to the school), I was punished.

I think this was something extreme for the young students like us. The teachers did not punish us with corporal punishment. Rather, they asked us to complete the homework standing inside the classroom. Actually, it was really annoying to compete for the homework that I did before at home. By the same time, it was impossible to focus on the class and the homework together. As a result, the students who were punished had to sacrifice the lessons of the class. To make the issue clearer, it was waste of time for the students. Still, I feel perplexed that how that type of punishment was beneficial for a student. For all the reasons, I did not like that rule in my school.