Date
21 January 2017
Singapore students take part in a school clean-up. By the end of the year, the program will be implemented in all schools. Photo: BBC News
Singapore students take part in a school clean-up. By the end of the year, the program will be implemented in all schools. Photo: BBC News

No more recess? Singapore pupils given daily cleaning duties

Singapore is giving young students a chance to keep their schools spick and span with daily cleaning duties.

Education officials want to foster a sense of responsibility in young people by getting them involved in the project, BBC News reports.

Pupils will be required to clean up classrooms, corridors and canteens but the professional cleaners will still do toilets, the report said, citing Singapore’s The Independent newspaper.

Schools will decide how the duties will be inserted into the school day, either before or after lessons or during break times.

The new policy will apply to students from primary age and will be implemented across the country by the end of 2016.

One mother tells the site that she supports the move because it encourages children to get into good habits from a young age.

Singapore is following the lead of Japan, where students have long been tasked with sweeping, mopping and dusting duties around their school buildings, and often serve lunches to their classmates in the canteen.

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