“Sexuality education to remain secular” : MOE on 377A repeal


Our schools and institutions of higher learning must remain safe spaces for the pursuit of knowledge, and not become places for advocacy or contestation on socially divisive issues, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said in a media statement on Monday (22 August).

The Ministry of Education (MOE) said in a statement following the news that Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises sex between men, will be repealed.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced during National Day Rally on sunday that the law that criminalises sex between men will be repealed.

In a press release, MOE said that “Our education policies and curriculum will remain anchored on Singapore’s prevailing family values and social norms, which the majority of Singaporeans want to uphold”.

These include the family as the cornerstone of our social fabric, and marriage between a man and a woman, MOE added.

Sexuality education taught in our educational institutions will remain secular, based on traditional values, and sensitive to the multiracial and multireligious make-up of our society, MOE said in its statement.

MOE also said that all students will learn and practice values such as mutual understanding, respect, and empathy for everyone. Bullying and cancel culture must not take root in our educational institutions and society.

Our educational institutions will continue to partner parents to guide our children, and provide counselling and socio-emotional support to all students according to their needs, MOE added.

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