TEACHERS IN Britain often complain about teenage boys who spray themselves from head to toe with deodorant, leaving a Lynx fog floating in classrooms. But it could be worse.
Teachers in Japan say their pupils are getting smellier and they often do not use any deodorant at all. They are blaming the widening gap between rich and poor for the increase in body odour.
"There are definitely more smelly kids around," a Tokyo junior high teacher told the Mainichi newspaper. "Kids just go to sleep whenever they feel tired and a lot of them nod off without having taken a bath.
"Some kids stop coming to school because their friends keep telling them that they smell bad, so you can't treat the problem lightly. I tell the kids not to say things about the smell in the classroom, but frankly I find the reek to be disgusting myself."
British schools might like to consider setting up twinning schemes with those in Tokyo and send out relief parcels filled with confiscated body sprays.