Xinhua News Agency (01.10.12) - Thursday, January 12, 2012
A court case involving underage sex has advocates calling for
improvements in sex education in Singapore. According to a
report in the local daily Strait Times, the 15-year-old-girl
in the case was told by her boyfriend that his menthol
cigarettes would kill his sperm.
Currently, the Education Ministry's sex education program is
taught by approved vendors to students beginning in upper-
primary school through to junior college and centralized
institutes. The curriculum examines sex in the context of a
heterosexual married couple and promotes abstinence as the
best option for teens. In addition, it teaches teens how to
say no to sex and provides them with information on STD risks.
But the court case shows that younger teens also need
instruction, since some children now start puberty earlier,
some counselors say. The parents of primary school-age
children need to be taught how to talk to their kids about sex
in an age-appropriate fashion, said Rachel Lee, who runs a
family service center that offers sex education instruction in
"When dating couples get more intimate, some guys will come up
with all sorts of explanations for not having to worry about
pregnancy after sex," said Lee.
"The programs need to include more real-life scenarios and
case studies, so teens can relate to these and apply them to
the situations they are in," said psychologist Daniel Koh of
Insights Mind Center.
Last September, a Bayer HealthCare survey showed nearly one-
third of Singaporeans were misinformed about contraception.
Some of the women polled reported that rinsing their genitals
with Coca-Cola or positioning themselves upside-down after sex
could prevent pregnancy.