| Wani Roslan |
“PHYSICAL cleanliness of school buildings should not only fall on cleaners’ shoulders, as it is also the responsibility of all school members. Schools should be a place to train students to have a sense of responsibility, understanding and appreciation of cleanliness. This can be done through activities such as the daily cleaning of classrooms.”
These were mentioned by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail, Deputy Minister of Education, during the Cleanliness and Cheerfulness Award Ceremony for government colleges and schools under the MoE, which was held yesterday at the Manggis Ballroom of Hua Ho Manggis Mall.
Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff also mentioned that in the effort of addressing issues related to cleanliness and safety in all premises under the Ministry of Education (MoE), the ministry has established a task force to oversee the above issues at areas such as MoE’s departments, colleges, school buildings and higher-learning institutions such as universities and polytechnics.
He also highlighted that maintaining a clean environment can help to avoid the spread of various diseases such as dengue fever, cholera, diarrhoea as well as issues such as food poisoning.
“One of the main concerns is maintaining the cleanliness of school cafeterias, which are always closely monitored by the Health Promotion Unit Department of Schools,” he added.
He also emphasised on the need to keep school toilets clean. He said that students should always be taught to be caring and considerate, and avoid damaging facilities that have been provided by the government.
Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff also said that the award is a means of training school staff in maintaining health, cleanliness, cheerfulness and beauty of the schools. He believes that the award acts as a symbol of a school’s continuous effort in maintaining the cleanliness of their environment.
This year, a total of 118 government primary schools, 35 government secondary schools and colleges as well as the Sports School participated in the competition.
Sultan Hassan Secondary School, Datu Ahmad Primary School, Sungai Tali Primary School and Selapon Primary School each emerged as champions under the various categories, and were awarded the Cleanliness and Cheerfulness Award for Government Colleges and Schools under the ministry. The champions walked away with a voucher of $5,000, a trophy, certificate and sponsorship for exclusive service from Rentokil Initial for a period of three to six months each. The awards and prizes were presented by the Deputy Minister of Education.
The event was organised by the Department of Schools under the Ministry of Education through Health Promotion Unit in conjunction with the 100 Years of Formal Education in Brunei Darussalam.