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Sexuality Education: Implementation policies for schools

Schools must strictly follow MOE’s guidelines when implementing Sexuality Education. Learn about the guidelines.

Overview

All schools are to provide Sexuality Education for their students as follows:

  • The MOE Sexuality Education programme, comprising the Growing Years (GY) and Empowered Teens (eTeens) programmes, must be implemented as part of the Character and Citizenship Education curriculum.
  • The GY programme must be adopted by all government schools. Independent and faith-based government-aided schools may adopt their own programmes as long as they are aligned to the MOE Framework for Sexuality Education and GY lesson objectives.
  • The eTeens programme must be adopted by all secondary schools, junior colleges and Millennia Institute. Independent and faith-based government-aided schools may supplement eTeens with their own programmes.
  • The GY and eTeens programmes must only be taught by specially selected and MOE-trained Sexuality Education teachers.
  • If schools engage relevant expertise and community resources to supplement Sexuality Education, they must strictly follow MOE’s guidelines on engaging external providers.
  • If parents wish to opt their children out of GY, eTeens or supplementary Sexuality Education programmes, schools must allow them to do so.

Implementation requirements

Implementation requirements apply to the following programmes:

Growing Years (GY) programme

The GY programme is for students from Primary 5 to junior colleges and Millennia Institute (MI).

Requirements

The required GY curriculum time across the levels are:

LevelsCurriculum time
Primary 5 and 64 hours per level per year, comprising 8 30-minute lessons each year.
Secondary 1 to 45 hours per level per year, comprising 5 60-minute lessons each year.
Secondary 52 hours per year.
Junior colleges/MI3 hours per level per year, comprising 3 60-minute lessons each year.
Empowered Teens (eTeens) programme

The eTeens programme is for Secondary 3 students and Year 1 students in junior colleges or Millennia Institute (MI).

Requirements

The mass talk segment of eTeens should be conducted by approved external providers.

The required eTeen curriculum time across the levels are:

LevelsCurriculum time
Secondary 32 hours, comprising 1 hour of mass talk and 1 hour of classroom-based lesson
JC/MI Year 11 hour of mass talk