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    Question What's she called?

    Hi dear teachers!
    What's a woman called who works for a school and takes care of things such as cleanliness, brooming, moppiong etc. Is she a caretaker, maid or something else?
    Thanks a million
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    Re: What's she called?

    I think simply cleaner will do.

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    Question Re: What's she called?

    Quote Originally Posted by heidita View Post
    I think simply cleaner will do.
    But she has to do different jobs such as making tea for staff, taking care of small children particularly when they need to go to the toilet. I'm sure there must be an specific English word for that. Will you be more specific please?

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    Re: What's she called?

    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    Hi dear teachers!
    What's a woman called who works for a school and takes care of things such as cleanliness, brooming, moppiong etc. Is she a caretaker, maid or something else?
    Thanks a million
    Dawood

    Read through this thread, in which the same question was asked last week.

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...-neme-job.html

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    Question Re: What's she called?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Read through this thread, in which the same question was asked last week.

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...-neme-job.html
    Thanks for your help but I haven't been able to find the correct name for that type of worker. I think I need to be helped. I'm still looking for the specific word. I'm doing with CARETAKER and sometimes PEON even if she is a female. In my language she is called BUWA and if it's a male he is called BABA.

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    Re: What's she called?

    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    Thanks for your help but I haven't been able to find the correct name for that type of worker. I think I need to be helped. I'm still looking for the specific word. I'm doing with CARETAKER and sometimes PEON even if she is a female. In my language she is called BUWA and if it's a male he is called BABA.
    Is it possible that, after so many people have given their opinions with no result, that such a person doesn't exist in English-speaking schools? And that, because of this, there is no name for such an occupation?

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    Re: What's she called?

    I think Ray's right.

    An aide is someone who helps in the classroom. It could involve helping the youngest ones use the bathroom.

    A janitor or custodian does the cleaning, male or female.

    No one makes tea for the teachers. That is not part of our culture.

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    Re: What's she called?

    That would be strange in Spain too.

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    Re: What's she called?

    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    Hi dear teachers!
    What's a woman called who works for a school and takes care of things such as cleanliness, brooming, moppiong etc. Is she a caretaker, maid or something else?
    Thanks a million
    Dawood
    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    But she has to do different jobs such as making tea for staff, taking care of small children particularly when they need to go to the toilet. I'm sure there must be an specific English word for that. Will you be more specific please?
    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    Thanks for your help but I haven't been able to find the correct name for that type of worker. I think I need to be helped. I'm still looking for the specific word. I'm doing with CARETAKER and sometimes PEON even if she is a female. In my language she is called BUWA and if it's a male he is called BABA.
    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Is it possible that, after so many people have given their opinions with no result, that such a person doesn't exist in English-speaking schools? And that, because of this, there is no name for such an occupation?
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I think Ray's right.

    An aide is someone who helps in the classroom. It could involve helping the youngest ones use the bathroom.

    A janitor or custodian does the cleaning, male or female.

    No one makes tea for the teachers. That is not part of our culture.
    I think "Buwa" means father's sister or in English you can say Aunt(Paternal) and "Baba" is used to address an elderly man.

    In such circumstances the British living in India simply adopted the Indian words. I would like to use the same word, which is freely used in "Raj English", for such maid : "Aayah"

    (Whenever the british officer or his family members called the maid servant in their house, she used to reply with "aayah" (prnounced aaya) meaning 'coming'. Hence such maid servant came to be known as "Aayah". All the schools in India have "Aayah-bai"(bai means lady or woman).
    In Pakistan also they must be using the same word "Aayah".

    P.S. I am not a teacher of English. Just someone who loves the language.

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