Problem gambling to be included in new school syllabus

Problem gambling to be included in new school syllabus

The Ministry of Education (MOE) is developing a core Character and Citizenship Education syllabus this year.

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Education (MOE) is developing a core Character and Citizenship Education syllabus this year.

In a written reply to questions in Parliament, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said his ministry will ensure that key elements of the problem gambling awareness and prevention programmes continue to be given due emphasis in the new syllabus.

MP for Nee Soon GRC, Lee Bee Wah, had asked if the ministry will include problems of gambling in the moral education syllabus of schools.

Mr Heng added that the ministry works closely with the National Council on Problem Gambling to educate students explicitly on problem gambling through targeted awareness and prevention programmes.

Suitable approaches such as skits and comic strips for primary, secondary and post-secondary students are employed.

Schools also have systems that identify and support students who are affected by issues related to problem gambling and the school counsellors work with affected students to resolve the issues.

Source: CNA/ir

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