What is point of cleaning activity in schools?
We need to ask ourselves what is the objective of getting children to do cleaning as part of their school routine ("All schools to have cleaning activities daily from January"; The Straits Times, Dec 12).
Is it to help the schools save costs?
Is it to create social responsibility in children, and if so, does it work?
Do the schools just not have any other programmes?
Already, it is compulsory for children to return their food trays after eating in their school tuck shops.
It is enforced in school, but when we go to public food courts, how many children actually remind their parents to return the trays or do it themselves?
I hope the planners of these activities will look at what the objectives are.
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