How do students clean schools in Japan?

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I think most people are aware that in Japan students are responsible for cleaning schools. In Japan everyone is responsible for keeping the school clean! In this article we will delve deeper into this subject.

There are usually no staff and sometimes even the school principal helps with the care and maintenance of the school. This happens from elementary and long-term to college, no matter if the school is public or private.

Osouji Jikan - Cleaning Time in Japanese Schools

In Japan this practice where students clean schools is called OSOUJI JIKAN [お掃除時間] which literally means cleaning time. During the first years of school, students eat their meals in the classroom and then clean them together.

This tradition of teaching students to clean schools is so common that Japanese people find it strange to find that in schools in the West, students do not clean.

Even in the list of school supplies there is an object called zokin (cloth) that frightens foreigners who are unaware of the custom of cleaning schools. Some foreigners even think that this is work and that students shouldn't do it.

At school, the student does not only study the subjects, but also learns to take care of what is public and to be a more conscious citizen! Nobody complains because it's always been that way. — Toshinori Saito

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Curiosities about cleaning in schools in Japan

Students are usually organized into groups and rotations so that everyone can do different tasks and no one is left with the same task. In high school, students are often assigned to take care of a particular part of the school.

They clean practically everything at school, take care of the room, bathrooms, swimming pool, sports court, etc. In addition, they take care of the garden, crops and pets that exist in schools. Students support schools!

Three times a year students organize to clean up the neighborhood called the chiiki seiso. In this cleaning the students go out to sweep and pick up the garbage in the neighborhood and around the school. The class is divided into han (small groups), where each one is responsible for cleaning a certain area.

Every semester there is a general cleaning called osoji (big cleaning). The whole school got together to carry out a general cleaning to the accompaniment of a song. Older students are sometimes asked to help children clean the room.

How do students clean schools in japan?

Cleaning Truths in Japanese Schools

Not everything is as the western news and newspapers say. I notice a lot of changed information regarding Japan's school cleaning system. First of all, not all schools are the same, so differences are common.

There are certain generalizations regarding this, but generally students clean the entire school, sometimes even clean the neighborhood and the school's surroundings with their parents. We will now see some lies and truths.

Is there no janitor in schools in Japan?

It's a lie, schools do have non-teaching staff called yomushuji or shuji. Primary school children cannot keep the 100% school clean, so there are responsible for specific cleaning and maintenance.

Sometimes these employees also do other activities at the school, or are teachers and principals. Some schools even hire professional services to resolve certain situations such as painting and gardening.

Still, students are responsible for much of the functioning and organization of schools. Some even take care of their own infirmary, take medication and skip classes in these places pretending to be sick.

How do students clean schools in japan?

Do students clean school toilets in Japan?

In a way, yes, but some tasks are the responsibility of the shuji. Things are quite different in elementary and high school, not all students clean together on a daily basis.

Sometimes only a group of school students is responsible for cleaning the entire bathroom. No student questions something that is so common, although it's kind of obvious that it's not pleasant to wash toilets, especially clogged ones.

Are there no cafeterias in schools in Japan?

In many primary and elementary schools there are no cafeterias, but in some schools and high schools there are usually cafeterias.

Some schools have vending machines and sell meals, but the culture of bringing snacks from home and cleaning has not changed. Some schools even have rules on the type of food that can be consumed.

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Parents help clean up around school

Japan has become famous around the world for students cleaning the school and taking care of their own meals. At school, the student does not only study the subjects, but also learns to take care of what is public and to be a more conscious citizen! Nobody complains because it always was.

We also mentioned that 3 times a year students organize to clean the neighborhood called chiiki seiso. In this cleaning the students go out to sweep and pick up the garbage in the neighborhood and around the school. What we do not highlight is that even parents participate in events of this type.

Parents are invited to participate with their children in events such as cleaning the surroundings of the school, especially before high school. I do not believe that it is in all schools, or that all parents are obliged to participate in this cleaning. Teachers have always been supportive on most of these occasions.

The video below shows the event where parents and children clean the school surroundings:

Caipira in Japan even mentioned that this attitude is a recipe to get Brazil out of the mud. Making youth and adults respect the public heritage is fundamental for the country to move forward and make progress. Something that unfortunately does not happen in Brazil. Japan is a true example in this regard!

This is not the only time that parents participate in something at school, a very famous event that usually brings together parents and children is the Undokai, a kind of gymkhana and sports competition between classes. Parents can also be present at the Bunkasai and at school entrance and graduation ceremonies.

Teachers also strive to create a good relationship between parents and children through home visits and routine meetings with parents. Unfortunately, not all parents strive to have a good relationship with their children, and not all schools are concerned about this.

Do not think that just because parents are present in the childhood of children at school, that things work 100%. There are many social and relationship problems, especially during school life.

How do students clean schools in japan?

Cleaning Position - Zoukingake

Children in Japan usually clean in a position called zoukingake (雑巾掛け). They kneel down and place both hands on the wet cloth, raising their rear ends so that their torsos are at a 35 to 45 degree angle to the floor.

From an early age, children are educated to clean. This is something so normal and beneficial that even wealthy families nowadays do not pay maids. These were some curiosities about cleaning schools in Japan. Hope you like it, thanks for the comments and shares. xD

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