Disgraced teacher Chua Ren Cheng was a Head of Department in charge of selecting MOE scholars at the Ministry
Posted by temasektimes on April 19, 2012
One of the four men charged for having commercial sex with an underage prostitute on Tuesday is a 33 year old teacher Chua Ren Cheng who once worked as a high-ranking official in the Ministry of Education.
Chua was a MOE scholar who obtained his Masters in ‘Radiation Physics’ from University College in London, United Kingdom after which he was sent to teach in Jurong Junior College.
After leaving Jurong Junior College in 2006, he was posted to the Ministry of Education as its Head of Placement and Scholarships Policy before joining River Valley High School where he taught Physics and was placed in charge of its ‘leadership development’ department:
Though the Ministry of Education has removed all traces of Chua Ren Cheng from its website and directories, a post left by Chua himself on a website for private tutors remains:
“Relevant Experience / Teaching Style: Taught in a JC since 2006, now posted to MOE HQ as Head, Placement and Scholarships Policy.”
Colleagues of Chua who worked in the same department as him has also confirmed to us that he has been working together with them. The department is in charge of important tasks at the national level such as the drafting of policies for MOE scholarships, selection of scholars and their placements upon graduation.
This effectively means that Chua Ren Sheng has been placed in charge of the selection and ‘nurturing’ of MOE scholars for the last five years before his abrupt resignation this year.
Besides holding such a high and important post in the Ministry of Education, Chua is also a grassroots leader in the People’s Association, holding the position of Chairman of Taman Jurong Youth Executive Committee:
[Source: People’s Association website (cached version)]
In the last few years, a few MOE scholars have their scholarships or contracts terminated prematurely due to sex-related offences, one of them being Jonathan Wong who was charged for possessing child porn in the United Kingdom last year.
Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat has earlier said it is important not to let “one or two incidents” tarnish the image of the teaching profession, because there are many good teachers around.
He added that there would be a couple of black sheep from time to time in spite of efforts to maintain professional standards.
From the media reports below, it appears that it’s not just ‘one or two incidents’, but a dozen of them at least with Chua being the most senior educator to be charged for sex-related offences.
Will the Ministry of Education please explain why and how Chua Ren Cheng was given such an important post in the ministry at a tender age of only 28?