Ministry of Education (MOE) Sexuality Education in Schools
Sexuality Education (SEd) in schools is about enabling students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature, develop healthy and rewarding relationships including those with members of the opposite sex, and make wise, informed and responsible decisions on sexuality matters. SEd is premised on the importance of the family as the basic unit of society. This means encouraging healthy, heterosexual marriages and stable nuclear family units with extended family support. The teaching and learning of SEd is based on respect for the values and beliefs of the different ethnic and religious communities in Singapore on sexuality issues.
Goals of Sexuality Education
The goals of Sexuality Education are to:
To help students make wise, responsible and informed decisions through the provision of accurate, current and age-appropriate knowledge on human sexuality and the consequences of sexual activity;
To help students know themselves and build healthy and rewarding relationships through the acquisition of social and emotional skills of self-awareness, management of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours, development of empathy for others, possession of effective communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills; and
To help students develop a moral compass, respect for themselves and for others as sexual beings, premised on the family as the basic unit of society, through the inculcation of positive mainstream values and attitudes about sexuality.
The key messages of Sexuality Education are:
- Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;
- Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);
- Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and
- Abstinence before marriage is the best protection against STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancies. Casual sex can harm and hurt you and your loved ones.
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Overview of Jurong West Secondary School’s Sexuality Education Programme for 2022
Sexuality Education is delivered in a holistic manner through the school curriculum. The content for Sexuality Education is grouped into five main themes: Human Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Health, Sexual Behaviour, and, Culture, Society and Law. You may click here for more information on the scope of Sexuality Education in the school curriculum.
The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:
ii. Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)
Growing Years (GY) Programme
ii. “Sense & Sexuality (2nd Edition)” (Upper Sec) Teaching & Learning resource package
At Jurong West Secondary School, the following lessons from the GY Programme will be taught in 2022
CCE 2022 Theme: Making Choices
CCE 2022 Theme: Making Choices
The Empowered Teens (eTeens) is a programme developed by Health Promotion Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, for Secondary 3 students to provide them with accurate information on STIs, HIV and protection from a health perspective. eTeens is conducted in two segments – a mass talk segment and a classroom-based programme.
Students are taught skills such as decision-making, assertiveness and negotiation to say “no” to sex and negative peer pressure. They also learn that the impact of STIs/HIV extends beyond themselves and involves their family. Abstinence and upholding family values are the key messages. The desired outcome of the eTeens programme is that students are empowered to make wise, informed and sensible decisions.
At Jurong West Secondary School, the eTeens Programme will be implemented as follows, in 2022
Information for Parents
Parents may opt their children out of Growing Years, eTeens and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-approved external providers.
The Growing Years - For parents on Parent’s Gateway (PG), please acknowledge receipt of letter on MOE Sexuality Education in Schools - The Growing Years via PG by 24 January 2022. Parents who wished to opt their children out of the Growing Years Programme in 2022 would have completed the online Opt-out Form at https://form.gov.sg/5ff80139a42e5400120f2621 by 24 January 2022.
Parents not on PG, and who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme will need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also downloadable here. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 31 January 2020.
The Empowered Teens (eTeens) programme – Additionally, for Secondary 3 parents on Parent’s Gateway (PG), please acknowledge receipt of letter on eTeens programme via PG by 24 January 2022. Parents who wished to opt their children out of eTeens Programme in 2022 would have completed the online Opt-out Form at https://form.gov.sg/5ff80139a42e5400120f2621 by 24 January 2022
Parents not on PG, and who wish to opt their children out of the eTeens programme will need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also downloadable here. A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, would have been submitted to the school office by 24 January 2022.
Parents can contact the school at email@example.com or +65 6262 3593 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.
Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should contact the school to make the necessary arrangements