Reporting of improper sexual conduct in schools

Published Date: 08 January 2018 12:00 AM

News Parliamentary Replies

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Dr Lim Wee Kiak, Sembawang GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) (a) how are schools educating students to report any attempts at improper sexual conduct by any staff member towards them; and
(b) whether schools will put up posters to ask students to immediately report to someone in authority if approached to carry out such misconduct.

Response

1. Students learn about personal safety and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse in MOE’s Sexuality Education lessons starting from Primary 1 and reinforced throughout their ten to twelve years of school. They are taught how to recognise sexual abuse and harassment, acquire skills to protect themselves both in real life and online, and understand the laws that protect them in Singapore. They also learn to seek help from trusted adults, such as their parents, teachers and school counsellors when there is risk of their personal safety being compromised.

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