Engagement of external providers for sexuality education

Published Date: 19 January 2015 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Prof Tan Tai Yong, NMP

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (a) how many external providers conduct sexuality education programmes in schools currently; (b) how many of these providers are paid a fee and how many do so free-of-charge; (c) whether there is a difference in feedback and evaluations from the students for the paid versus free programmes; (d) in view of it being more than five years since the Ministry engaged external providers for sexuality education programmes, whether it will conduct a review on this practice and will the practice continue in the future; and (e) how much has the Ministry spent on engaging external providers for such programmes since 2009.

Response

MOE Sexuality Education is taught by selected teachers trained in sexuality education. Schools may engage external providers to conduct supplementary sexuality education programmes based on the needs of their students.

In 2014, 7 schools engaged 4 approved external providers for $20,000. There were no free-of-charge programmes from 2011 to 2014. Since 2009, schools spent an estimated amount of $460,000 on such supplementary programmes, an average of $8 per student.

MOE has a stringent vetting process to select suitable external providers, trainers and relevant programmes for sexuality education in schools. Teachers sit in to observe the programme and provide feedback to MOE on the quality of the trainers and relevance of the programmes. Schools also collect feedback from their students. MOE audits schools to ensure that the programmes are delivered according to what has been approved. MOE is in the process of reviewing the system of external providers. This is part of the regular review process.

During one such review, MOE had in 2011 decided that the 4-hour Relationship Module which was conducted by external providers for first year pre-university students would cease from 2015. To streamline and reduce overlaps, some of the more important learning objectives were incorporated into the revised 2015 Sexuality Education curriculum taught by MOE teachers.

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