MOE: Our teachers must have “mainstream” (virgin) values
Posted by temasektimes on July 6, 2012
Following the controversy arising from media reports on the Ministry of Education’s key messages for its teachers of its updated sexuality education programme which insinuates that they need to practise abstinence from pre-marital sex, the ministry has issued a clarification on its Facebook that it will not pry into the personal lives of its teachers.
“When we said the teachers must have ‘mainstream values’, they must know what these values are, and have the life experience, maturity and wholesome values to impart these values and provide sound advice to their students,” the statement said.
It added that it will “not be prying into teachers’ personal lives (phew!)”, saying that its teachers need to understand its values on sexuality.
However, MOE still refuses to confirm whether its statement meant that its teachers would need to practice abstinence or not.
MOE was rocked by a series of sex scandals involving its teachers and scholars which led some to question its selection process.
Former principal of Pei Chun Primary School was jailed nine weeks for having sex with an underage prostitute while another teacher Chua Ren Cheng is still waiting trial for the same case.
This week, a former MOE scholar Jonathan Wong was charged in court for having sex with a 15 year old girl.