SINGAPORE — To encourage students to be advocates for a clean Singapore, a “Keep Singapore Clean Movement in Schools” was launched today (June 3).
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who announced this at the 7th Teachers’ Conference today, said that this move is in line with the emphasis of values education in schools. This movement would be driven by students and supported by schools, he said.
Added Mr Heng: “ We want all students to propose ideas to keep the school and neighborhood clean, put their ideas into action and carry them out on a sustained basis so that good habits can be internalised”.
He also noted that this movement will enable students to be role models for their family and peers. It will also help students to develop empathy and commitment to the community , he said.
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 since 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.