Update on Investigation into Discriminatory Statements by Hwa Chong Institution School Counsellor

Published Date: 02 August 2022 06:00 PM

News Parliamentary Replies

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Ms Hazel Poa, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament

Question

To ask the Minister for Education with regard to the staff in Hwa Chong Institution who delivered discriminatory content (a) what are the duties that he is retaining; and (b) what safeguard is in place to ensure that such incident does not happen again.

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Xie Yao Quan, Jurong GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education regarding the Hwa Chong Institution school counsellor who made discriminatory statements against the LGBTQ community during a sexuality education lesson (a) when does the Ministry expect to conclude investigations into the incident; and (b) whether the Ministry is aware of any student who has been personally affected by the statements and has come forward to seek help.

Response

1. Following the incident, the school counsellor, who is an employee of Hwa Chong Institution (HCI), has been suspended from all duties, pending further investigation by the school personnel board.

2. Parents and students have been given the assurance that the views expressed by the counsellor do not reflect that of the school. The school has also emphasised the importance of respect and care for everyone in the school community.

3. The school has been watching out for students who may be affected by this incident. Teachers have been vigilant in monitoring their students' well-being, and students who have concerns or require support have been encouraged to approach the School Leaders or a trusted adult in school.

4. The school is reviewing its processes to ensure alignment with MOE's curriculum and guidelines.

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