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Heng Swee Keat sets out measures to address spate of teachers preying on students sexually

Published on Jul 7, 2014 3:35 PM
 
Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat delivering the keynote speech during the annual Ministry of Education (MOE) Workplan Seminar at Ngee Ann Polytechnic on Sept 12, 2012. Mr Heng said in Parliament on July 7, 2014, that the MOE will work with schools to remind teachers to uphold the professional conduct and values expected of them. -- ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Education (MOE) will work with schools to remind teachers to uphold the professional conduct and values expected of them, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said in Parliament on Monday.

"MOE will work with schools to intensify the communication and engagement with teachers on the professional code of conduct, make explicit the professional boundaries that must not be breached in educators' interactions with students as well as step up vigilance to safeguard and protect our students," he said, adding that this code has been shared with all educators in 2013.

Mr Heng was responding to a question from Mr Lim Biow Chuan (Mountbatten) on the ministry's plans to protect students from sexual predators. His question comes amid a spate of sexual misconduct cases between teachers and their students.

Since February 2008 - when stricter laws were enacted to protect minors from sexual abuse - there have been at least 14 cases reported in the press of teachers having relationships with students under the age of 16.

 
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