Response

MOE Sexuality Education is taught by selected teachers trained in sexuality education. Schools may engage external providers to conduct supplementary sexuality education programmes based on the needs of their students.

In 2014, 7 schools engaged 4 approved external providers for $20,000. There were no free-of-charge programmes from 2011 to 2014. Since 2009, schools spent an estimated amount of $460,000 on such supplementary programmes, an average of $8 per student.

MOE has a stringent vetting process to select suitable external providers, trainers and relevant programmes for sexuality education in schools. Teachers sit in to observe the programme and provide feedback to MOE on the quality of the trainers and relevance of the programmes. Schools also collect feedback from their students. MOE audits schools to ensure that the programmes are delivered according to what has been approved. MOE is in the process of reviewing the system of external providers. This is part of the regular review process.

During one such review, MOE had in 2011 decided that the 4-hour Relationship Module which was conducted by external providers for first year pre-university students would cease from 2015. To streamline and reduce overlaps, some of the more important learning objectives were incorporated into the revised 2015 Sexuality Education curriculum taught by MOE teachers.