Every primary school pupil should be made to pick up litter as part of the national curriculum, a former Tory minister said yesterday. The Daily Mail reports.
Lord Robathan, a defence minister under David Cameron, said that if children in Year Six helped tidy the roads, then general attitudes to littering would improve – because they could teach their parents.
He said: ‘If it were enacted that all children spent a couple of hours clearing litter it might have a gradual effect on attitudes and a positive educational impact.’
He insisted it was necessary to do something ‘specific’ and said children could then pass the skills on to their parents. He added that he raised the idea with Michael Gove, then education secretary, who told him it was an ‘interesting idea’.
In the Lords yesterday, education minister Lord Agnew of Oulton said he agreed about the scourge of litter on Britain’s streets and that the Government was already trying to improve awareness in schools.
But Labour’s Lord Winston said it would be better to focus on the high rates of illiteracy and low rates of numeracy in some primary schools.
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