Risque games at university orientation reprehensible, cannot be tolerated: Ong Ye Kung

Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung said that while orientation camp activities can be creative and even wild, they must respect human dignity
Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung said that while orientation camp activities can be creative and even wild, they must respect human dignityPHOTO: STOMP

SINGAPORE - Risque acts at university orientation, such as asking freshmen to pretend to ejaculate into the face of a fellow student, are "reprehensible" and cannot be tolerated, said Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung.

Mr Ong, in a Facebook post on Wednesday (July 27), said he has asked that university orientation activities be carried out in a manner that respects the dignity of the freshmen.

His comments followed a report in The New Paper which highlighted complaints about increasingly sexualised activities at recent National University of Singapore (NUS) orientation camps.

 

Orientation activities can be creative and even wild, but must respect human dignity, said Mr Ong.

He made the remarks in response to media reports about orientation activities that made students re-enact rape scenes among other activities.

"Activities can be rigorous, creative, even wild; students may push boundaries. But at all times, we must respect human dignity and remember the point and purpose of a University education," he wrote.

He described one of the activities freshmen had to go through - pretending to ejaculate into the face of a fellow student - as "reprehensible".

Mr Ong also pointed out that making the students act out rape scenes "not only degrades the real suffering of rape victims, it inflicts fresh humiliation on female students".

 
 

"Protesting such acts has nothing to do with being prudish or a bad sport, everything to do with respect for human dignity," he said.

He has asked for the ongoing orientation activities to be carried out in a way that respects the dignity of the freshmen, he added.

NUS is conducting an investigation into the reported orientation activities and will take "strong disciplinary actions" against those responsible, he wrote.