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Kids should clean up their classrooms

CHINESE education authorities should make school children do some form of manual labor as many in cities do not even clean their classrooms, a political advisor has said.

Feng Shiliang, a member of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said yesterday he was concerned that manual work, such as sweeping, has been outsourced by some urban primary and middle schools to property management companies.

"The students' ability to labor has been strangled," Feng said.

Many children in cities are doing little manual labor because their parents do all the housework and at school the work is done by employees of property management companies.

Feng refuted the suggestion by some schools that manual labor might be "dangerous" for children. "It might be dangerous to clean windows of tall buildings but how about the classrooms and playgrounds?"

Feng said at the upcoming session of the CPPCC National Committee, the country's top political advisory body, that he would propose that education authorities formulate a policy on manual labor for school children.

Feng said China should learn from Japanese schools, where students do manual labor. Some Japanese schools organize students to work in remote islands and villages.

"We are virtually making our children aristocratic."


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