Tuesday, April 28, 2009

MOE Replies on AWARE Sex Education Programme

“The suggestion is that in this programme, young girls from 12 to 18 are taught that it’s okay to experiment with each other. And this is something which concern parents in Singapore. Are we going to have an entire generation of lesbians?”
- Dr. Thio Su Mien on Aware's Programme

One of the main reasons cited by the new Aware exco for taking over Aware was that the sex education programme conducted by Aware promoted homosexuality. MOE has come out to explain what the programme is about, how the schools are involved in them and what was actually taught.

The new exco has taken over Aware on a false premise. That is doing a lot to hurt their own credibility. Are they going to accuse MOE of promoting homosexuality because they allowed these programmes? Are the teachers and principals involved in promoting homosexuality? Someone asked if they are getting ready to takeover the PAP for allowing "Brokeback Mountain" to be shown in the cinemas surely that movie promotes homosexuality more than the Aware programmes.
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Reply to Recent Comments and Claims [Link]

About AWARE’s Sexuality Education Programme in Schools

We refer to recent claims and comments about AWARE’s sexuality education programme in schools.
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Sexuality education conducted in MOE schools is premised on the importance of the family and respect for the values and beliefs of the different ethnic and religious communities on sexuality issues. The aim is to help students make responsible values-based choices on matters involving sexuality.
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Core programmes are delivered by teachers but schools do collaborate with other agencies in delivering additional modules. However, in doing so, schools must ensure that any programmes run by external agencies are secular and sensitive to the multi-religious make-up of our society. Parents can choose to opt their children out of these programmes. Last year, 11 secondary schools engaged AWARE to run workshops for their students. The number of students involved in each school ranged from about 20 to 100, and each workshop lasted 3 hours. The objectives of these workshops were to provide students with accurate information on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)/HIV, to help students understand the consequences of premarital sexual activity, and to equip students with skills such as decision-making and resisting negative peer pressure.
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AWARE also conducted assembly talks, typically of 45-minute duration, for students in a few secondary schools. Some of the areas covered in the talks included body image, self-esteem, eating disorders, teenage pregnancies, sexual harassment and the role of women in today’s context.
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The schools that engaged AWARE found that the content and messages of the sessions conducted were appropriate for their students and adhered to guidelines to respect the values of different religious groups. The schools did not receive any negative feedback from students or parents who attended the workshops and talks.
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In particular, MOE has also not received any complaint from parents or Dr Thio Su Mien, who was reported to have made specific claims about sexuality education in our schools. MOE has contacted Dr Thio Su Mien to seek clarifications and facts to substantiate her claims.
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If parents and members of the public know of specific instances where guidelines have not been adhered to, they should report them directly to MOE to investigate. MOE recognises that sexuality education is sensitive. In conducting these programmes, the views of parents will be respected and values taught should not deviate from the social norms accepted by mainstream society in Singapore.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aiya, this AWARE saga is making a mountain out of a molehill.

Got AWARE, no AWARE or what AWARE, what's the difference to Singaporeans?

Frankly who cares? It is not as if PAP is taken over or LKY kicks the bucket. Or Singapore hit by tsunami.

Anonymous said...

Actually hor, how come got AWARE but got no AMARE? For men, that is.

Don't tell me men don't need Action and Research?

Like how come got Women's Charter but no Men's Charter?

Why hah? As if men don't have problems?

Anonymous said...

Beware of AWARE

bcos

it has taken away

your attentions

from more important

affairs(Swine Flu, Reccession
job losses, hikes in
goods and services.
Latest: prices of all
soya sauces increased)

victim.

Anonymous said...

Feminist Mentor my arse. More like Feminist Men-tel.....if you excuse my pun.

Anonymous said...

8.11PM, Men got National Service mah. They never taught you in the army that when you got a problem and approach your supervisor, the only response you got is: MY PROBLEM???!!! FUCK YOU!

Isn't that good enough? You can sign up for IPPT RT or National Day Fatigue Party Education Program as well. Plenty of programs reserved for Singaporean Males wah.

Anonymous said...

1.39am, why you so fxxking unlucky in NS? My NS supervisor very nice leh.

Xtrocious said...

Yah, my NS superior also very nice one - he only show 2 fingers and then point them to the floor...hahah

But jokes aside, after the MOE "enquiry", I can expect to see a floof of these "concerned" parents coming out of the woodwork...sigh

Hopefully, someone can later leak that rallying email for them to do so as well :p

The said...

THIOLOGY and THEOLOGY - a potent and portentous mix.

Anonymous said...

One of the main reasons cited by the new Aware exco for taking over Aware was that the sex education programme conducted by Aware promoted homosexuality.It was hardly a case of ONE of many reasons for the takeover. To the EXCO homosexuality IS THE REASON for their actions.

Anonymous said...

Feminist mentor and former Dean of Law in NUS? Wow. She can't even get her head straight.

First, she cannot even distinguish the difference between an homosexual act and gay rights.

Based on her argument, if one is exposed to neutral takes on homosexuality, one would turn lesbian. Duh! How do you think human beings survived when religion was not round?

Then comes Lau, whose ability to function in a top position in a bank becomes questionable. How gullible she has been, not being able to tolerate diversity in a management and willing to undermine the fundamental fabric of our nation over one particular issue that AWARE chooses to address less on. Is it even an issue worthy of greater attention over the rest to begin with?

Anonymous said...

哇唠!死伯恐怖!这成了什么世界啦?!简直是道德沦亡. (No talking about religous, old guard or new guard)

In term of MOE allow to introduce such a sex education. When asked, leave it up to parent to check.

Check your head. Children already dare not to ask parent and some more get this from school. They peanut brain will be rooted with your bloody theory that is play as you feel comfortable.

http://www.todayonline.com/pdf_open.asp?id=0105HNR005

Are we going to have a generation that this is okay. Then I think SAF can abolish the law on Homosexual in the army is not a chargerable offence. Then hor! your boy will eb raped by his peers in the camp, field training...

Charge me lah! you think I am battery. My teacher said this is neutral and is okay. Play as long you are song and safe.

Anonymous said...

now they say they have to review the sex education contents. U mean previously they bo chap? everything leave it to school and only when parents complain then they come into the picture like now. wow all these people get so much money peg to private sector then they arrow everything to other people. good times bank account grow big...bad times other people's fault....all they say is they do review and tighten up process. think i go and apply for this kind of job man....got no loss one only got gain.....stock market also not so good....

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