‘Cleaning’ as punishment for scholars condemned

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By Gwendoline Mugauri

 

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has condemned the tradition of punishing scholars in the form of cleaning toilets or school premises, saying the habit instilled a negative mentality towards environmental cleanliness.

In an interview with Capitalk FM News on the sidelines of a Waste Management Indaba in the capital recently, Director Inspectorate in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Mr Kennedy Mudawarima said there was need to correct the perception of cleaning, through provision of school programmes that encouraged behavior change  - towards attaining a clean environment.

Mr Mudawarima said schools should work towards establishing health clubs that set aside 30 minutes to an hour for each and every student to engage in cleaning activities. He said this would assist children to appreciate the need for environmental cleanliness guided by proper waste management – and erase the mentality that only those on punishment are subjected to cleaning.

 

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