Dear Straight People,
There is a new update to the Hwa Chong saga that rocked Singapore just a few weeks ago.
On 13 July, a Hwa Chong Institute school counsellor gave a talk to secondary 4 students using questionable content against the LGBT+ community.
Photos of the slides from the talk quickly went viral, and caused much distress to the LGBT+ community, especially since it is given by a school counsellor at one of Singapore’s top schools.
Initially, the school counsellor was only reprimanded and suspended from giving sex education lessons. This provoked an outcry by many, who felt that a suspension from giving sex education lessons was inadequate given his extreme views and position of power.
Non-Constituency MP Hazel Poa raised the question of what duties the counsellor was still carrying out, and what actions were being taken to ensure such incidents do not recur.
It has since been reported that the Hwa Chong counsellor has been suspended from all duties.
In response to queries in parliament, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said:
“Teachers have been vigilant in monitoring their students’ well-being, and students who have concerns or require support have been encouraged to approach school leaders or a trusted adult in school.”Education Minister Chan Chun Sing
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