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Hwa Chong staff member reprimanded for making discriminatory claims about LGBTQ community in school presentation

The Hwa Chong Institution employee has also been suspended from delivering sexuality education lessons. 

Hwa Chong staff member reprimanded for making discriminatory claims about LGBTQ community in school presentation

The presentation slides, uploaded on Reddit, included discriminatory claims against the LGBTQ community.

SINGAPORE: Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) has reprimanded a staff member who made discriminatory claims against the LGBTQ community during a presentation on sexuality. 

He has also been suspended from delivering further sexuality education lessons. 

"We are aware of the incident which took place during a presentation on sexuality where a staff member incorporated content outside the scope of MOE’s Sexuality Education curriculum into his slides," the school said on Monday (Jul 18) in response to CNA's queries.

"The views presented were the individual staff’s personal perspectives and not representative of the position of the school or MOE (Ministry of Education)."

Photos of a presentation slide were uploaded on social media platform Reddit on Saturday, garnering more than 700 comments over the weekend. 

The slide, titled “Community Health”, contained claims that “58 per cent of homosexuals have problems with intestinal worms” and that “one in 15 homosexuals is a paedophile”. 

The HCI spokesperson said the school takes a serious view of the incident and representatives have met with students to address their concerns.

"To ensure that such incidents are not repeated, we will also review our processes," the spokesperson added.

“The staff has since been reprimanded for delivering content without the school’s approval and suspended from delivering further sexuality education lessons.” 

Source: CNA/hw(gs)

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