PUTRAJAYA, Feb 21 — A pilot project to inculcate clean toilet culture in schools will take off next month, says Education Deputy Director-General (Education Operation Sector) Datuk Ahmad Tajuddin Jab.
He said several schools had been selected for the project before it could be implemented in schools nationwide, as practised in developed countries such as Japan.
However, for the project to be implemented, he added the education ministry needed the support of parents to encourage the culture at home.
“So far, we have only organised clean toilet competitions but these were mainly one-offs.
“What is more important is to continuously generate awareness on the importance of a clean toilet environment, educating on hygienic toilet habits and ways of keeping toilets clean,” Ahmad Tajuddin told reporters after presenting 2016 national-level awards to schools which had successfully enlivened the ‘surau’ at schools here today.
Last August, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid had said the ministry would in 2017, try to introduce sharing the responsibility of cleaning and maintenance of school toilets as a national agenda.
Commenting on the natural resources and environment ministry’s proposal that environmental study be introduced in schools, Ahmad Tajuddin said environmental aspects had been incorporated in several subjects which were referred to as cross-curricular topics.
He said for 21st century education, learning would revolve around financial management, health education and environmental protection which would be incorporated in school subjects and extra-curricular activities.
“However, the ministry will look into how this can be applied in a more organised manner,” he added.
Ahmad Tajuddin said on Feb 8, the education ministry had also held discussions with the natural resources and environment ministry on developing a syllabus related to environmental science and this would be fine-tuned by a joint technical committee. — Bernama