Relook selection process for camp leaders

The sexualised games being played at the National University of Singapore (NUS) orientation camps are even more inappropriate if we consider that a significant number of participants, especially the women, may still be in their teens, even if they are on the cusp of adulthood ("NUS: Risque games completely inappropriate"; Wednesday).

For years, similar complaints regarding games and camps of this nature have been raised and publicised by the media.

And as with previous years, NUS has responded by saying that it does not condone or approve these games, and the welfare and safety of students come first.

It is obvious that despite the best efforts made by NUS, it has been ineffective in controlling the situation, and batch after batch of students are subject to inappropriate orientation games.

Instead of blaming the student volunteer leaders and organising committee (whose members change every year), perhaps it is time for NUS to step up and take responsibility and ownership of these camps.

A culture of respect, decorum, and simple common sense needs to be developed.

The fact that this is a recurring issue implies that quite a few of the "senior" students may not possess the appropriate maturity required to run these camps.

NUS should look into giving future camp leaders a thorough training, relook the selection process for the leaders, and consider involving professionals so that everyone can have an enjoyable orientation experience without it being at the expense of humiliating or demeaning others.

Liaw Soek Yin (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 29, 2016, with the headline 'Relook selection process for camp leaders'. Print Edition | Subscribe