Suspension from all duties for Hwa Chong counsellor who delivered anti-LGBTQ content material, Latest Singapore News
The Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) counsellor who made a presentation containing discriminatory content material has been suspended from all duties pending additional investigation by the varsity board.
The college has been watching out for college students who could also be affected after the HCI worker had included content material discriminating towards lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals in his presentation to the varsity’s Secondary 4 cohort on July 13.
Teachers have been vigilant in monitoring their college students’ well-being, and college students who’ve issues or require assist have been inspired to strategy college leaders or a trusted grownup at school, stated Education Minister Chan Chun Sing in a written reply to questions in Parliament on Tuesday (Aug 2).
The counsellor had earlier been suspended from conducting sexuality training classes after the incident, with HCI saying the presentation content material was not permitted by the varsity.
Non-Constituency MP Hazel Poa had requested what duties the counsellor is constant and whether or not safeguards shall be put in place towards a recurrence of the incident.
Mr Xie Yao Quan (Jurong GRC) had requested if the Ministry of Education (MOE) is conscious of any scholar searching for assist, and when MOE expects to finish any investigations into the incident.
According to photographs of the presentation that have been shared on social media, the presentation slides contained unsubstantiated claims equivalent to how a majority of homosexuals have issues with intestinal worms and the way a excessive proportion of them are paedophiles.
The slides additionally related homosexuality with issues equivalent to alcoholism and sexual assault.
Mr Chan stated that folks and college students have been given the peace of mind that the views expressed by the counsellor don’t mirror that of HCI.
He added: “The school has also emphasised the importance of respect and care for everyone in the school community.”
The college is reviewing its processes to make sure alignment with MOE’s curriculum and pointers, he stated.