Keshap Moktan is a cleaner in ACT public schools.

Keshap Moktan has worked as a cleaner in ACT public schools since his arrival to Australia from Bhutan in 2017.

14 May 2020

Keshap Moktan is just one of the many people working to keep Canberrans safe during COVID-19.

As ACT public school students and teachers begin returning to classrooms from Monday 18 May, Mr Moktan’s role as a School Cleaning Officer has become even more important.

ACT public schools will commence a staged and carefully managed return to face-to-face learning from next week, which includes additional precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 such as increased levels of cleaning, as well as good hygiene and physical distancing practices.

As a day cleaner at The Woden School, Mr Moktan’s primary role is to sanitise all high-frequency touch points including handles, switches and doors.

“When the children are not in the classroom, I go into the classrooms and sanitise the tables to make sure they’re clean,” he said.

“In staff rooms I’ll make sure I sanitise the keyboard and mouse, the computer screen and the telephone, among the main touch points like switches and doors.”

Mr Moktan is aware of the importance of his role, particularly during COVID-19.

“In schools it is so important because children are very active, and you need to clean frequently,” he said.

“Coming into a freshly cleaned school in the morning can also make a difference to children’s moods when they learn, as they are not in a dirty environment. Teachers also do the important work of teaching the children and having a clean environment hopefully improves their mood as well.”

Mr Moktan has worked as a cleaner in ACT public schools since his arrival to Australia from Bhutan in 2017.

“When I started school cleaning it was important to take it positively, particularly because cleaning can be seen as a low-level job where I’m from,” he said.

“But it’s a job that has such a positive impact on the school, students and teachers. It also positively impacts me, as I’ve been able to support myself and my family.”

More information on transitioning back to on campus learning in Term 2 is available on the Education Directorate website.

All Canberra

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