I applaud Marsiling Primary School's efforts in getting its pupils to clean the school, to cultivate the right values in them ("School of the future? This one gets it right"; last Sunday).
It may be impressive for one to possess a string of qualifications, but if the person does not possess the right values, then his education would have been in vain.
Storytelling, role playing and experiential learning give students a good idea of what values they are expected to possess. But a more down-to-earth approach, such as making them clean their school, is more effective in instilling the right values in them. It is through real-life experiences that students learn best.
The act of cleaning the school also gives students a sense of initiative and self-reliance.
Cleaning jobs have often been viewed as being of a "low status", and cleaners are seldom accorded due respect.
An opportunity to pick up the broom and mop in school will give students a first-hand experience of what being a cleaner is about, enabling them to develop empathy, respect and compassion in the process.
Chua Soon Pen (Ms)
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