Taking a cue from Japanese school cleaning practice, ‘Gakko Soji’, UP’s basic education department is launching an intensive ‘My School-Clean School’ campaign from Monday where 20 teams of education department officials will visit primary schools (one team each in 20 schools) in Lucknow and demonstrate the cleaning exercise. The department has last week organised an orientation of 60 officers on cleaning in schools.
During an event on Teachers’ Day, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had emphasised on the need for school cleaning by students and teachers. “No work should be considered menial or inappropriate. Teachers and students must engage in cleanliness of school,” CM had said, while felicitating meritorious teachers.
On another occasion, Yogi had asked principals and teachers to treat schools like temples and keep them clean.
‘Step aimed at cultivating sense of discipline’
Director general, school education, Vijay Kiran Anand said, “Though it is not a government mandate but it is a step aimed at cultivating a sense of discipline, responsibility, and care for public spaces, promoting the understanding of students about life skills as personal responsibility, and inculcating sanitation and hygiene behaviors among children through group work as part of their learning processes.”
“Teachers will assist students by forming a proper schedule that allocates certain tasks to each student. This way, no one will be engaged in the cleaning process unfairly,” Anand said.
Students as young as first graders will clean and maintain their classrooms. “The cleaning practice will be similar to the one carried out in elementary schools in Japan. Many anime series like ‘From Up on Poppy Hill’ has depicted the Japanese students cleaning their school,” said Rajeev Gupta, an officer at Samagra Shiksha Project.