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Movement to keep Singapore clean to be introduced in schools

Students will be called upon to propose ideas to keep the school and neighbourhood clean, and implement them, says Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

SINGAPORE: To encourage students to be advocates for a clean Singapore, a “Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Schools” was launched on Tuesday (June 3).

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who announced this at the 7th Teachers’ Conference on Tuesday, said that the move is in line with the emphasis of values education in schools. The movement would be driven by students and supported by schools, he said.

“We want all students to propose ideas to keep the school and neighbourhood clean, put their ideas into action and carry them out on a sustained basis so that good habits can be internalised,” Mr Heng said.

He also noted that the movement will enable students to be role models for their family and peers, and help students to develop empathy and commitment to the community.

Giving an update on the implementation of values education in schools, Mr Heng said that new curriculum materials have been rolled out for primary one and two and secondary levels. Students in the primary three to six levels will have their resources by the end of this year.

The Ministry of Education has also trained 700 teachers within the last year to act as mentors and help school leaders to implement the values education curriculum in the classrooms, said Mr Heng.

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