Sexuality Education in Schools

Published Date: 18 February 2020 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Ms Anthea Ong, Nominated Member of Parliament

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (a) whether there are any plans to review sexual education in schools beyond sexual protection and abuse towards building sensitivities and consciousness by focusing on gender equality; and (b) how often are sexual education programmes reviewed and what is the process of doing so.

Response

1. Sexuality Education in our schools focuses on imparting knowledge and social and emotional skills for positive self-development and self-identity, and developing healthy and rewarding relationships.

2. Besides important topics on safety and protection from abuse and sexual health, students also learn how to deal with physical, social and emotional changes that they are going through. They will also learn about gender roles and stereotypes, and that one’s roles, interests and career pursuits are not defined by gender stereotypes. They learn the value of appreciating one’s unique qualities and to respect and show empathy and care for one another.

3. MOE reviews sexuality education regularly. We take into consideration local and international research, inputs from stakeholders including specialists in their field, parents and students and our local context. For example, new scenarios and discussions had recently been included, covering areas like pornography and the influence of social media on self-perception and esteem, and relationships.

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