Over 15,000 maids learn to 'lock, check, open'
New course teaches them easy to remember safe window-cleaning tips
Lock, check, open. First, lock the window grilles. Check to make sure they are locked before cleaning the out-facing windows. Then, open the grilles to clean the inside panels.
This is what more than 15,000 maids have been taught to do since May to be safe when cleaning the windows of high-rise homes.
The cleaning tip is part of the new Settling-In-Programme (SIP), a course that replaces an entry test that was scrapped after non-governmental organisations, maid agencies and maids complained that it was too difficult for non-English speakers.
The compulsory, one-day course teaches first-time maids how to work safely and adjust to life in Singapore.
About the programme
Who is SIP for
First-time maids in Singapore. They have to attend the programme within three working days of arrival here and before their work permits are issued.
Full-day course from 9am to 6pm. Includes two tea breaks and lunch.
$75, paid by employers
What is taught
Introduction to Singapore
Tips on adjusting to life here, including how to take public transport and an introduction to the nation's racial and religious groups.
How to hang laundry and clean windows safely, and tips on personal safety, including crime prevention and road safety.
Conditions of employment
Their responsibilities and rights, as well as their employers' duties.
Relationship and stress management
How to identify the causes and symptoms of stress, and build a good relationship with their employers.