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Moe Sexuality Education in Schools

Moe Sexuality Education in Schools

1.     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.                                                                                                                                                                                               
2.     The goals of Sexuality Education are to:
          (i)   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;

         (ii) 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

        (iii) 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. 

3. The key messages of Sexuality Education are:
         (i) Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;
         (ii) Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);
         (iii) Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and
         (iv) Abstinence before marriage is the best protection against STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancies. Casual sex can harm and hurt
                you and your loved ones.

You may click here for more information on MOE Sexuality Education. 


4. 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 (please insert hyperlink: https://www.moe.gov.sg/education/programmes/social-and-emotional-
        learning/sexuality-education/scope-and-teaching-approach-of-sexuality-education-in-schools) for more information on the scope of
        Sexuality Education in the school curriculum.

5. The subjects that incorporate topics on sexuality include:  
          a. Science 
          b. Character and Citizenship Education (CCE)

Growing Years (GY) Programme: 

        i. “The Teenage Years (2nd Edition)” (Lower Sec) Teaching & Learning resource package
       ii. “Sense & Sexuality (2nd Edition)” (Upper Sec) Teaching & Learning resource package 

6. The values and attitudes of our youth towards sexuality are increasingly shaped by their peers, exposure to the media, popular culture
        and the internet. Adolescence is a complex stage in life as the adolescent attempts to find his/her own identity and often struggles
        with new social relationships. The period of middle adolescence (generally from 15 – 17 years old) can be a turbulent period for
        adolescents. The gap between physical and emotional/cognitive maturity may result in a tendency to act on impulse, experiment
        with various activities (including sexual activities), sometimes without understanding the unpleasant consequences that may arise
        from such experimentation. The need for peer acceptance can be overwhelmingly strong, and hinder one’s ability to act
        responsibly. Given the pressures faced by the middle adolescent from within themselves and from peers, it is important to build a
        strong sense of self-worth, personal conviction and an understanding of the possible consequences of sexual behaviour. 

7. Through “The Teenage Years” and “Sense & Sexuality” packages, secondary students will have the opportunity to develop a positive
        self-esteem, develop their character, and expand their understanding and repertoire of skills to deal with various issues related to
        sexuality, which are of prime concern at this age. 

At St Patrick's School, the following lessons from the Growing Years Programme will be taught in 2018:

Secondary 1


Secondary 2


Secondary 3


Secondary 4


Secondary 5


eTeens Programme:

8. 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.

9. 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 St Patrick's School, the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows in 2018:


Programme Learning Objectives

Time Period

(e.g. Term 3 Week 9)

Mass Talk by HPB appointed vendor

·         Awareness of the different STIs and HIV/AIDS

·         Modes of transmission

·         Modes of protection, specifically on how the condom is used

·         Consequences and impact of STIs/HIV

Term 3 Week 6

Classroom-based Lesson

·         Learn to negotiate their way out of a risky situation by applying skills of assertiveness and responsible decision-making

Term 3 Week 8

Information for Parents

10.    Parents may opt their children out of Growing Years, eTeens and/or supplementary sexuality education programmes by MOE-                       approved external providers.

11.    Parents can contact the school at 63440929 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school's sexuality education programme.

12.    Parents, who wish to attend the school sexuality education programmes, should also contact the school to make the necessary                   arrangements.