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Sexuality Education

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: 
  • 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;
  • 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
  • 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.
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3. The key messages of Sexuality Education are:
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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 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. For more information click here

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 Bedok South Secondary School, the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows in 2020:


Programme Learning Objectives

Time Period

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 1

Classroom-based Lesson

·    Learn to negotiate their way out of a risky

    situation by applying skills of assertiveness and 

    responsible decision-making


Term 3


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

11. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Growing Years (GY) programme need to complete an opt-out form. The opt-out form is downloadable here.
A hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the form teachers.

12. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the eTeens programme need to complete an opt-out form. The opt-out form is downloadable hereA hardcopy of the form, duly completed and signed, is to be submitted to the school office by 21/02/2020.

13. Parents can contact the school at tel: 6441 4479 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s sexuality education programme.

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

eTeens (Wise.Informed.Sensible.Empowered)

Aims of eTeens

The Empowered Teens ( eTeens ) programme aims to provide students with accurate information to help them make good decisions in their life choices. It raises awareness and knowledge about the following: 

a) awareness of the different sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS; 
b) modes of transmission for STIs and HIV/AIDS; 
c) modes of protection against infection, specifically abstinence and the correct use of condoms; 
d) skills for decision-making, assertiveness, negotiation to say “no” to peer pressure to have pre-marital sex; and 
e) consequences and impact of STIs/HIV. 

Format of Programme

The eTeens programme comprises two components: a mass talk segment and a classroom-based programme: 

a) The mass talk segment is conducted by a facilitator engaged by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) from an approved panel. The presentation follows an approved facilitation guide. 
b) The duration of the mass talk is about 45 minutes. It includes a multi- media presentation, video screening as well as facilitation of key learning points. 
c) The classroom-based programme for Secondary schools comprises 3 lessons which teach decision-making, negotiation and assertiveness skills. The suggested time for each lesson is about 40 minutes. The classroom-based programme for JC/CI 1 students is a 1-hour lesson, which teaches students the financial, physical and psychological impacts of STI/HIV infection on self and family. 
d) Training for teachers to conduct the classroom-based programme is provided for by MOE and HPB.