Roles of Stakeholders

Roles of Stakeholders

Role of Parents

Parents play the primary role in the sexuality education of their children. To communicate a clear and consistent message to our children, parents should be involved in the delivery of sexuality education. They can ask to sit in during sexuality education programmes in schools, and provide feedback to schools on their programmes. Interested parents are encouraged to contact their children’s schools to make the necessary arrangements.

Parents who wish to opt their children out of the school’s sexuality education programmes, talks or workshops may obtain the opt-out forms from the school’s website. Completed forms should be returned to the child’s school.

Parents can support their children in sexuality education by:

  • initiating discussions on sexuality issues;
  • emphasising the importance of responsible behaviour;
  • being open to discuss their own beliefs and values; and
  • being available to give advice and guidance to their children.

Parents who wish to know more about how they could better communicate with their children on sexuality issues can also download the booklet “Love Them, Talk about Sex — A guide to help parents communicate with their children on sexuality issues1.

Role of School

The Principal plays a pivotal role in Sexuality Education in school, providing structured time for the programme and ensuring that it is delivered in keeping with MOE Framework for Sexuality Education. Each school will have a team of teachers, specially chosen by the principal, and trained by MOE, to deliver Sexuality Education. School counsellors will also be available to advise and counsel students on sexuality matters.

Role of Students

Students are encouraged to ask questions and seek their teacher’s or school counsellor’s help if they need to clarify issues or know where to get assistance. They should also seek their parents’ guidance.

Role of the Community

MOE grants approval to a panel of external providers who can provide professional advice and additional resources to schools. Schools may engage these MOE-approved external providers to conduct programmes to supplement the schools’ sexuality education programme, in strict compliance with MOE guidelines on the engagement of external providers.

External providers interested in conducting sexuality education programmes in schools can visit the Information for External Providers webpage for more information.

Footnote

  1. “Love Them, Talk about Sex — A guide to help parents communicate with their children on sexuality issues” booklet is jointly produced by the then Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and Health Promotion Board (HPB), first published in March 2008.