MOE Sexuality Education


Moe Sexuality Education in Schools

1. Sexuality Education (SEd) in schools aims to enable students to understand the physiological, social and emotional changes they experience as they mature, develop healthy and rewarding relationships with others, 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:

(a) Support students in managing their physiological, social and emotional changes as they grow up and develop safe and healthy relationships. 
(b) Guide students to make wise, informed and responsible decisions on sexuality matters. 
(c) Help students develop a moral compass and respect for themselves and others by having positive mainstream values and attitudes about sexuality that are premised on the family as the basic unit of society. 

3. The Key Messages of Sexuality Education are:

(a) Love and respect yourself as you love and respect others;
(b) Build positive relationships based on love and respect (which are the foundation for strong families);
(c) Make responsible decisions for yourself, your family and society; and
(d) Abstinence before marriage is the best protection against STIs/HIV and unintended pregnancies. Casual sex can harm and hurt you and your loved ones.

You may click here for more information on MOE Sexuality Education. 

Overview of RI (Year 1-4)’s Sexuality Education Programme for 2024

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)

Sexuality Education Lessons

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 Sexuality Education lessons, 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. 

At RI (Year 1-4), the following Sexuality Education lessons will be taught in 2024 based on the unit of respectful relationships and safety:

(click on the following years to find out on the lesson overview/objectives and the indicative time period taught)

Year 1
3 Lessons, 60min each 
Steady or Not
Being Aware, Being Safe
More than Meets the Eye

Year 2
3 Lessons, 60min each
A Role for Everyone 
Online Safety Challenge
Do I or Don’t I


Year 3
3 Lessons, 60min each
Love Yourself, Love Others 
Mending a Broken Heart
When Respect Takes Centre Stage

Year 4
4 Lessons, 60min each
Levelling the Ground
When Love Hurts 
For Better or For Worse
There’s Always More to a Story

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 RI (Y14), the eTeens programme will be implemented as follows in 2024:

1. Mass Talk by HPB appointed vendor (Term 3)
• 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

2. Classroom-based Lesson (Term 3)
• Learn to negotiate their way out of a risky situation by applying skills of assertiveness and responsible decision-making

Information for Parents

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


11. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the Sexuality Education lessons need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year through Parents Gateway and is also downloadable at the following link here. The completed form is to be submitted by 23/02/2024. 


12. Parents who wish to opt their children out of the eTeens programme need to complete an opt-out form. This form will be distributed to parents at the start of the year and is also downloadable at the following link here.  The completed form is to be submitted by 23/02/2024.

13. Parents can contact the school at [email protected] or 63538830 for discussion or to seek clarification about the school’s Sexuality Education programme.