Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Spate of Teacher-Student Misconduct

Teacher jailed over sex acts with student
A secondary school teacher became romantically involved with her 15-year-old student and told him to perform sexual acts on her

On one occasion, she recorded a video of herself and the minor in bed in a Geylang hotel room.

That was three years ago.

Now 29, she was sentenced yesterday by District Judge Christopher Tan to two years and nine months in jail.

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Female teacher jailed for sex offences against underaged male student

The female secondary teacher and her underaged male student exchanged sexually explicit text messages, had trysts at parks, then spent five days together in a Geylang hotel.

Then 26, the teacher was going overseas and it was during this "staycation" to make up for being away that she committed sex acts with the boy, then 15.

Now 29, she was jailed for two years and nine months yesterday after pleading guilty to two counts each of offences under the Children and Young Persons Act (CYPA) and committing sexual penetration acts involving a minor.

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Female teacher in Singapore jailed 33 months for sex acts with 15-year-old

A female secondary school teacher who entered into a nine-month relationship with a 15-year-old student and engaged in sexual acts with him in a Geylang hotel was sentenced to 33 months’ jail on Monday (June 10).

She was handed two years’ jail for two counts of sexual penetration acts of a minor, and an added nine months for two charges of procuring and committing obscene acts with a juvenile. Five other charges were taken into consideration. Both the teacher, who was 26 at the time of the crimes, and the student cannot be named due to a court order.

They were discovered after the boy's mother found love letters, her car keys and other belongings in his room and alerted the school, court documents showed.

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Female teacher jailed 33 months for sex acts with 15-year-old student
The teacher was handed two years’ jail for two counts of sexual penetration acts of a minor, and an added nine months for two charges of procuring and committing obscene acts with a juvenile

A female secondary school teacher who entered into a nine-month relationship with a 15-year-old student and engaged in sexual acts with him in a Geylang hotel was sentenced to 33 months’ jail on Monday (June 10).

She was handed two years’ jail for two counts of sexual penetration acts of a minor, and an added nine months for two charges of procuring and committing obscene acts with a juvenile. Five other charges were taken into consideration.

Both the teacher, who was 26 at the time of the crimes, and the student cannot be named due to a court order. They were discovered after the boy's mother found love letters, her car keys and other belongings in his room and alerted the school, court documents showed.

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Female teacher who sexually exploited 15-year-old student during 'staycation' gets jail

A secondary school teacher who sexually exploited her 15-year-old student during a "staycation" was sentenced to jail for two years and three months on Monday (Jun 10).

The woman's relationship with the teen had not started out well as the boy did not do well in Mathematics, the subject she taught him, the court heard.During a National Cadet Corps (NCC) camp while they were trekking up a mountain, she asked him why he hated her and he answered that he did not.

After the camp, the teacher continued to text her student and they grew closer, with the woman eventually telling him she "had feelings for him".

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Secondary school teacher performed oral sex on two male students

A secondary school teacher lured three male students to his home and committed sexual acts on the teenagers, even giving cash to one of them for more than a year so that he would keep mum.

When a fourth student declined to go to his home, the teacher molested him in their school in the northern part of Singapore. The teenager made a police report and the teacher's offences were uncovered.

The 36-year-old man, who has since been diagnosed with paedophilia, was jailed for 6½ years on Monday (April 22). He pleaded guilty to five counts of performing oral s.ex on two minors and two counts of making one of them perform a similar act on him.

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Paedophile teacher in S’pore brought students home for sex acts
His offences came to light after the 4th victim told his parents

A 36-year-old married teacher in Singapore was jailed 6 years and 6 months at a court sentencing today (22 Apr) for sex acts committed against boys aged between 13 and 15.

Observer+ learnt that the school is located in northern Singapore. The identity of the teacher has been withheld to protect the identities of the victims:
  • 1st victim was paid for sex
  • 2nd victim invited to play Wii
  • 3rd victim had phone number hunted down
  • 4th and final victim happened in the school’s computer lab
He will never be allowed to teach again

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Jail, caning for music teacher who molested student during cello lessons

A music teacher who molested an 18-year-old student while teaching her how to play the cello was sentenced to 21 months in jail and one stroke of the cane on Wednesday (May 8).

The 33-year-old Filipino, who cannot be named due to a gag order to protect the victim's identity, had been found guilty of four counts of molestation last month by District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt. It followed a five-day trial, during which the court heard that the girl was left so traumatised by the incidents that she hid under a desk and cut her wrists with a pair of scissors.

The teacher first molested her on June 25, 2016, after pointing out that the way she placed her cello against her body was incorrect.

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Paedophile teacher jailed for bringing students home for sex acts, molesting boy in computer lab
A 36-year-old teacher was jailed for six years and six months on Monday (Apr 22) for sex acts he committed with three students at his home, and for molesting a fourth in school

The teacher, who cannot be named in order to protect the identities of the four boys aged between 13 and 15 at the time, worked at a school in northern Singapore, the court heard. 
The subject he taught was also redacted from court documents.

The married man, who was diagnosed with paedophilia after his arrest, preyed on the boys between 2016 and 2017, until one of them lodged a police report.

He began with a 14-year-old boy in May 2016, who had been sent for detention over using his phone to circulate pornographic photos in his class's WhatsApp group.

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Ex-school teacher accused of having sex with 15-year-old student

A former secondary school teacher was yesterday accused of having multiple sexual encounters with his underage female student in 2015.

The 41-year-old man, who taught in a school in the north-eastern part of Singapore, was charged with 20 counts of sexually penetrating a minor.

He is claiming trial to all the charges and cannot be named due to a gag order to protect the girl's identity.

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Teacher accused of getting former student to buy Ice for her has been dismissed
Ms Celesta Ee Qiying, a co-curricular activity staff member of Meridian Secondary School, has been dismissed after being accused of giving money to her former student to buy drugs on her behalf.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/MERIDIAN SECONDARY SCHOOL

The teacher accused of giving money to her student to buy drugs on her behalf has been dismissed.

Ms Celesta Ee Qiying, a co-curricular activity staff member of Meridian Secondary School, had confided about her methamphetamine consumption to Khairul Naim Mohamad Nasir in 2016. He was still a student of the school then.

In a statement, a Ministry of Education (MOE) spokesman said: "Once MOE was informed of the investigation, we suspended Ms Celesta Ee from duty in September 2017 so that she had no contact with the school. She has since been dismissed from service."

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Former physics teacher who had indecent relationship with student, 15, sentenced to 16 months' jail


A former physics teacher who had an inappropriate relationship with his student, then aged 15, was sentenced to 16 months' jail on Friday (Jul 13).

The 34-year-old, who cannot be named due to a gag order, was the girl's physics teacher when she was in Secondary 1 and 2. The girl and the school cannot be named due to a court order.

According to court documents, the teenager was infatuated with the teacher and worked harder for his subject. She also told him that she wanted to become a physics teacher and asked for his advice.

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Relief PE teacher sacked for sending inappropriate messages to female students

A relief physical education teacher at National Junior College (NJC) has been terminated for inappropriate behaviour.

The coach, a student at Nanyang Technological University, admitted to sending inappropriate messages to female students from April to June, including asking one to meet him in his hostel room.

Several messages sent to the 17-year-old girl on social media platform Instagram were shared with The New Paper.

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More teachers who got in trouble

One teacher got her student to buy her drugs. Another molested his male student. A third teacher committed indecent acts on his female student.

The latest case of a National Junior College teacher being sacked for sending his female students inappropriate text messages has again thrown the teaching profession into disrepute.

Teachers in trouble - At least five court cases involving misconduct by teachers have been reported this year:
  • June 25 - A secondary school teacher who used two counterfeit $100 notes to pay for massage services at Orchard Towers was jailed three years after losing his appeal. In July 2015, Daniel Wong Mun Meng, 44 photocopied a $100 note. He paid Ms Nguyen Nhu Trang with the fake notes for her “services”.
  • July 13 - A physics teacher was jailed for a year and four months after he got intimate with a 15-year-old student. In September 2016, the man was hugging and kissing the girl , before a police officer spotted them at East Coast Park and informed the girl’s parents. They reported the incident.
  • July 16 - A district court heard that a male teacher, now 38, squeezed the right side of a 13-year-old boy’s chest and told him he resembled a Japanese pornographic comic character in February 2016. The man also touched the boy’s groin and buttock. The teacher, out on bail, will be back in court on Aug 14.

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Art teacher who molested student gets 2 strokes of the cane after prosecution appeals

An art teacher who was originally sentenced to 22 months' jail for molesting one of his male students, had two strokes of the cane added to his sentence, after the High Court allowed an appeal by the prosecution on Friday (April 26).

The teacher, 38, had squeezed the chest of the victim, a Secondary 2 student, and told the 13-year-old he looked like a Japanese pornographic comic character.

The boy testified that it happened while he was working on a sculpture in an art studio on the afternoon of Feb 17, 2016.

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Art teacher found guilty of molesting 13-year-old male student

A secondary school art teacher who engaged in sex talk with a student and claimed trial to molestation charges was found guilty on Monday (July 16).

District Judge John Ng convicted the 38-year-old of three charges of outrage of modesty following a ten-day trial. The judge said he was convinced of the accused’s guilt, based on the “totality of the evidence”.

The teacher, who has been suspended from duty since February 2016, will be back in court on Aug 14, when he is expected to be sentenced. He is out on bail of S$15,000. He taught at a co-ed school in western Singapore and cannot be named to protect his victim’s identity.

The victim, who was 13 and in Secondary Two at the time, was molested on Feb 17, 2016 in the school’s art room.

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16 months’ jail for secondary school teacher who molested love-struck student

Besotted with her Physics teacher, the 15-year-old girl began exchanging WhatsApp messages with the 32-year-old. Their conversations grew more explicit until he started physically taking advantage of her.

For his crimes, the teacher, who taught at a secondary school in the eastern side of Singapore, was sentenced to 16 months behind bars on Friday (July 13).

The now 34-year-old pleaded guilty to three charges of committing indecent acts with a child or young person, with three other charges taken into consideration for sentencing. He cannot be named to protect his victim's identity. It was not stated in court if he is married.

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Art teacher on trial for allegedly molesting 13-year-old male student in school

Questioned by his school principal the day after he allegedly molested a Secondary Two student last February, the art teacher apparently admitted he had touched the boy’s thighs.

Taking the stand on the first day of the molestation trial, the school principal said the 37-year-old accused – who cannot be named to protect the identity of the boy – “appeared to be shocked and remorseful” when asked to explain what had happened. He “knew that he had gone overboard… but wanted to (apologise) to the student (and his) parents”, the principal testified.

The teacher also told her about what he had asked the boy – such as whether the 13-year-old had ever been in a relationship and if he had read a particular adult comic, said the principal.

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Teacher accused of molesting male student says sex talk was ‘just banter’

Taking the stand in court for the first time, a 38-year-old teacher accused of molesting a male student said on Wednesday (Feb 14) that there was “no way” he could have placed his hands up the then 13-year-old’s thighs through his shorts, as he told the court that “my hands are huge”.

The teacher, who joined the co-ed school in 2010, faces three charges of outraging the boy’s modesty on Feb 17, 2016. He cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim.

He is alleged to have squeezed the boy’s chest, touched his groin at least twice, and grabbed his left ankle before moving his hand up to the back of the victim’s thighs.

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Ex-teacher at United World College accused of molesting colleague’s wife, claimed he’s gay when confronted

A former teacher from United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) is on trial, after being accused of molesting his colleague's wife at one of the international school’s social events held in the Singapore Cricket Club.

Benjamin James Henry, a 35-year-old Briton, apparently retorted by saying, “Get real, I am gay!”, when his accuser confronted him right after the alleged incident at about midnight on June 17, 2017.

The accuser, a woman in her 50s who works in the healthcare sector, testified at the opening of the trial on Thursday (May 2) that she was leaving the party with her British husband when she felt a hand running down her back to her buttock.

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Mum of boy allegedly molested by teacher ‘pained’ by son’s ‘traumatic experience’

A mother had to choke back tears in court on Monday (Feb 12), when she recounted the moment when her son told her his male teacher behaved inappropriately towards him while they were in school.

On Feb 17 in 2016, the art teacher, then 36, and the boy, who was in 13 and in Secondary 2, were the only ones left in the school’s art room. The teacher then allegedly jabbed the boy’s underarm, squeezed the boy’s chest, and put his hands into the boy’s shorts to touch his buttocks and groin. “My heart ached,” the mother of two said on the witness stand, her voice shaking. “It pained me to know that my son had to go through such an unpleasant experience.”

The teacher, who cannot be named to protect the minor’s identity and who has been ordered to stop his teaching duties, faces three charges of outraging the boy’s modesty.

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Teacher started sexual relationship with student when she was just 13

Teachers are our children’s mentors, advisors and guardians. We entrust them with our kids while we are not there to watch them learn, play and grow. This sanctity of trust is, almost always, upheld to the maximum by our children’s teachers. It’s safe to say that they deserve our trust.

But recently, news reports highlighted one rare case in Singapore where a teacher breached this trust.

According to The New Paper, this 30-year-old teacher started courting one of his students when she was just 13, and was reportedly with the underage student for the next five years, having sex with her in rented cars, hotel rooms and even in her own home. The sexual acts were allegedly filmed by the teacher without the girl’s knowledge or consent.

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16 months’ jail for secondary school teacher who molested love-struck student

Besotted with her Physics teacher, the 15-year-old girl began exchanging WhatsApp messages with the 32-year-old. Their conversations grew more explicit until he started physically taking advantage of her.

For his crimes, the teacher, who taught at a secondary school in the eastern side of Singapore, was sentenced to 16 months behind bars on Friday (July 13).

The now 34-year-old pleaded guilty to three charges of committing indecent acts with a child or young person, with three other charges taken into consideration for sentencing. He cannot be named to protect his victim's identity. It was not stated in court if he is married.

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Teacher who had sex with student, 13, also filmed her and mother in shower

She was just 13 years old but that didn't stop her 30-year-old school teacher from courting and having sex with her.

They went on to have numerous sexual encounters in rented cars, hotel rooms and her home over the next five years before breaking up. Unknown to her, he was secretly filming some of these trysts.

He also rented a room from her mother at her home, claiming that he needed a place to stay as he was undergoing divorce proceedings. After he moved in, he secretly filmed the girl and her mother while they were showering.

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Female teacher asked underage male student to perform sex acts, filmed them in bed at Geylang hotel

A secondary school teacher, who became romantically involved with her 15-year-old student, told the minor to perform sexual acts on her. On one occasion, she recorded a video of them in bed in a Geylang hotel room. That was three years ago.

Now 29, she was sentenced on Monday (June 10) by District Judge Christopher Tan to two years and nine months' in jail.

The woman, who taught in a school in the northwestern part of Singapore, pleaded guilty to two counts each of offences under the Children and Young Persons Act as well as sexual penetration acts involving a minor.

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Former Muis teacher used 'black magic' ruse to molest student in mosque

Pretending to help "cure" her of black magic, an Islamic religious teacher molested his student in a mosque.

The 73-year-old man, who was accredited under the Asatizah Recognition Scheme administered by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) at the time, was yesterday sentenced to 16 months' jail and was struck off the scheme.

The man, who pleaded guilty last month to a molestation charge, cannot be named to protect the identity of the 36-year-old victim.

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Ex-teacher jailed for indecent acts with male pupil who was too scared to tell anyone

A primary school teacher unzipped his pupil's shorts to look at the underwear he had bought him, and on a separate occasion asked the boy to unzip his trousers, exposing his underwear to the pupil, a court heard yesterday.

Colin Ting Fook Mun, 41, who quit teaching 1-1/2 years ago, pleaded guilty to three of eight charges of committing an indecent act with a child, and was jailed for 12 months.

The acts occurred at the primary school between March and September 2014 and in January last year.

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NJC coach who asked student to "go into my heart" and meet in his "comfortable room" terminated

A relief physical education teacher at National Junior College (NJC) has been terminated for inappropriate behaviour.

The coach, a student at Nanyang Technological University, admitted to sending inappropriate messages to female students from April to June, including asking one to meet him in his hostel room.

Several messages sent to the 17-year-old girl on social media platform Instagram were shared with The New Paper. In the messages, he asked her to "go into my heart" and meet him in his "comfortable room" to play some games.

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Ex-secondary school teacher on trial for allegedly having sex with underage female student

A former secondary school teacher appeared in court on Thursday (Feb 21) after he allegedly had multiple sexual encounters with his underage female student in 2015.

The 41-year-old man, who taught in a school in the north-eastern part of Singapore, is accused of 20 counts of sexually penetrating a minor.

He is claiming trial to all the charges and cannot be named due to a gag order to protect the girl's identity.

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Yoga instructor who allegedly touched woman's breast 3 times in class: 'No other student complained'

He was friendly with his students and during lessons, would sometimes tap their shoulders and hold their necks and hands.

And he had done the same to the woman during group classes, the same person whom he was alleged to have molested, said yoga instructor Rakesh Kumar Prasad.

The 24-year-old was taking the stand on the second day of his trial yesterday.

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Primary school vice-principal accused of engaging in oral sex with 14-year-old boy and stroking his private parts

A 55-year-old man who used to serve as vice-principal in a primary school located in the north-eastern part of Singapore was hauled to court after allegedly committing a series of indecent acts.

According to The Straits Times, the man was accused of stroking the private parts of a boy, then 14, in the school gym.

Court documents revealed that the boy then went to the man's flat in Woodlands twice in 2004, where the former vice-principal allegedly performed similar indecent acts.

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Rope-skipping coach sexually abuses teenage student for years, sentenced to 25 years' jail

Roger Yue Jr, a rope-skipping coach convicted of committing sexual offences against a student, was sentenced to 25 years in jail on Monday (March 19) - after the judge made the uncommon move of imposing a sentence longer than the one recommended by the prosecution.

Describing the 60-year-old's crimes as heinous, Justice Aedit Abdullah said that "while the court should not impose a crushing sentence nor one that operates as an effective life sentence", he did not regard this as an absolute rule.

He also said that the sentence must be measured against the criminal conduct of the case in question.

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Sexual abuse cases of students involving teachers on rise

For students, schools are their second home, and during the school hours, teachers are responsible for taking care of them just like their parents. But what will happen if teachers forget their responsibility and behave like sexual predators in front of students?

Latest reports coming from Singapore indicate that cases of sexual molestation involving teachers have witnessed a dramatic rise in the recent years. Two such incidents were exposed in the past two days, and it will surely compel everyone to think about the safety of our children at schools.
  • When the teacher forgot his ethics
  • Homosexual lessons taught by a teacher to his student

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Recent spate of inappropriate behaviour by teachers leads MOE to step up vigilance

The Ministry of Education has announced that it will be working more closely with local schools to step up vigilance and ensure that students are better protected from errant teachers.

This, after a recent spate of inappropriate behaviour by local teachers brought disrepute to the profession. Multiple cases involving teacher misconduct went to court so far this year, with offences ranging from sending students inappropriate messages, committing indecent acts on students and even getting pupils to buy drugs for teachers.
  • 25 JUNE – A secondary school teacher was jailed three weeks after he pleaded guilty to printing two counterfeit Singapore $100 dollar notes and using them to pay for the massage services of a Vietnamese woman, whom he testified he had sex with. The teacher claimed that he had photocopied and printed the $100 dollar notes at home, to use it as a teaching tool during his maths class at Bukit Batok Secondary School.
  • 13 JULY – A physics teacher was jailed for a year and four months after he shared intimate relations with a 15-year-old student. The teacher was caught by a police officer hugging and kissing the teenager at East Coast Park.
  • 16 JULY – A male teacher squeezed a 13-year-old child’s chest and touched the boy’s groin and buttock as he told him that he resembled a Japanese pornographic comic character. The teacher is presently out on bail and will return to court on 14 August.
  • 25 JULY – A district court heard that a teacher at Meridian Secondary School told her student about her methamphetamine consumption, prompting the student to offer his help to find her a cheaper drug supplier. The teacher gave her student $200 to buy the drugs but the boy was caught during a CNB spot check. While the student was sentenced to probation of two years and three months, MOE sacked the teacher.
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MOE to step up vigilance after misconduct by teachers
Khairul Naim Mohamad Nasir bought drugs on his teacher's behalf. TNP FILE PHOTO

In light of cases of teacher misconduct, the ministry is doing more to ensure safety of students.

One teacher got her student to buy her drugs. Another molested his male student. A third teacher committed indecent acts on his female student.

The latest case of a National Junior College teacher being sacked for sending his female students inappropriate text messages has again thrown the teaching profession into disrepute.

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Teacher and Student - rose with thorn

Recently, there were a slew of reports about teachers having inappropriate relationship with their students. Nine out of ten of the teachers were male, having illicit liaison and relationship with their female students.
  • Feb 23, 2009  Primary school teacher intimate with pupil, 15
  • Feb/March 2012  Ex-teacher who filmed girls in school toilet sentenced to 1 year's jail
  • Thu, Mar 29, 2012 Primary school teacher who molested 3 male pupils gets 10 years' jail. -TNP
  • Oct 29, 2012  Lady school teacher in top school had sex with boy pupil, 15
  • 11 Sep 2012   Student JUMPS TO DEATH after claiming counsellor molested her
  • Nov 2012  Ex-teacher records sex with student then threatens suicide
  • Thursday, Dec 20, 2012   A relief teacher was charged last Monday with having sex with a 13-year-old student from his secondary school
  • March 14, 2013 Woman teacher had sex with her pupil. 13
  • April 2, 2013  School teacher, 31 molested his student, 13
  • April 3, 2013  Relief teacher had sex with student, 13
  • 5 Dec 2013  50-year-old teacher was charged in court on Thursday with three counts of molesting a 16-year-old student in a school in Singapore
  • 5 Feb 2014  Teacher pleads guilty to string of upskirt video offences
  • April 3, 2014 Teacher, 32, Charged for Sexual Abuse of a 15-Year-Old Student
  • June 2014  A teacher who headed his school’s department for character and citizenship was sentenced to four years and nine months’ jail on Monday for sexually abusing a 15-year-old student
  • July 2014  Teacher jailed for sex acts with boy, then 14
  • 5 August 2014  Former teacher charged with molestation of 8-year old pupil
  • 11 August 2014 : Ex-PE teacher committed indecent acts with pupil, 12
  • July 2012  Ex-MOE scholar sentenced to five years' jail
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Another teacher charged for molesting 16-year-old student.

A 50-year-old teacher was charged in court on Thursday with three counts of molesting a 16-year-old student in a school in Singapore, according to reports.

The male teacher is alleged to have rubbed the back of the female student on the left shoulder and on the waist area from outside her school uniform top on the premises of the school on July 26 of this year.

This is the second case in the past ten days that the media has reported of a teacher in Singapore being accused of 

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Teacher scandals rock 'disciplined' Singapore

Their affair started with her giving him a copy of the mushy memoir "Eat, Pray, Love". It ended with the 32-year-old female teacher in Singapore getting a jail sentence for illicit sex with her 15-year-old male student. The case, which shocked Singapore, was the latest in a string of scandals involving Singapore educators, who in the past year have been caught embezzling college money, committing lewd behavior, peddling drugs and a couple of times having sex with students. At least 10 such cases have reached the courts this year.

In a country known for its orderliness and strict laws where even jay-walking and public spitting are punishable offenses, the scandals are raising questions about whether the government — in its hugely successful efforts to control political dissidence and crime — has ignored declining moral and social standards.

More surprising is that such egregious cases have been recorded in Singapore's highly regarded educational system, where both teachers and students are conditioned from first grade to be disciplined, rule-fearing and committed to academic excellence.

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Singapore hit by sex scandals involving teachers in blow to its strait-laced reputation

Their affair started with her giving him a copy of the mushy memoir "Eat, Pray, Love." It ended with the 32-year-old female teacher in Singapore getting a jail sentence for illicit sex with her 15-year-old male student. The case, which shocked Singapore, was the latest in a string of scandals involving the city-state's educators, who in the past year have been caught embezzling college money, committing lewd behavior, peddling drugs and a couple of times having sex with students. At least 10 such cases have reached the courts this year.

In a country known for its orderliness and strict laws where even jay-walking and public spitting are punishable offenses, the scandals are raising questions about whether the government — in its hugely successful efforts to control political dissidence and crime — has ignored declining moral and social standards. More surprising is that such egregious cases have been recorded in Singapore's highly regarded educational system, where both teachers and students are conditioned from first grade to be disciplined, rule-fearing and committed to academic excellence. A student's academic future is determined at age 10 through a streaming system, which pushes over-achievers into a fast-track schooling. At age 12 they take a national test to get into top schools.

"This over emphasis on results does not directly contribute to falling standards of probity in schools. Rather, what it did was to reduce the importance placed on values, character and integrity," said Eugene Tan, an assistant professor of law at the Singapore Management University. "In a sense we took our eyes off the ball when we shouldn't have. I think the matter is a lot more complex with multi-causal factors, including a general societal decline in moral standards," he said.

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Are we Students, or are we Lovers?

In a student’s journey from the formative to the educated, teachers are the beacons of light illuminating the path before us. Playing such an important role, the teacher-student relationship is inevitably close, and in some situations, almost intimate. The question then arises: when does such a relationship cross the threshold from professional to personal? Is a casual invitation to the tutor’s house, or perhaps a cup of coffee at a nearby café, an illicit affair?

Recent headlines have revealed such a complication, with the relationship between student Darinne Ko and professor Tey Tsun Hang branded as ‘sex for grades’ by the media. Conversely, both parties have alleged that their relationship was born out of mutual attraction, with the gifts given out of affection, not bribery, and the grades awarded out of academic excellence, not partiality. In every teaching contract, there is invariably a clause stating that a teacher must maintain professional boundaries in his or her interactions with students. In NUS, for example, the Code of Conduct mandates staff members to ensure that their private activities are not in conflict with professional obligations. The university enforces this by demanding that their staff declare any personal relationships that result in a conflict of interests, as well as any gifts received from students that are worth more than a hundred dollars.

However, while boundaries of professionalism are demarcated, such clauses are often vague and fail to explicitly and specifically detail the limits of such a relationship. Yet it is admittedly difficult to determine the exact degree of familiarity that begins to contravene a professional relationship, given the infinitely complex nature of interpersonal relationships.

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Teacher-student sex: A Sin and a Confession

The state of sexual morality in Singapore is in rapid decline. Today's edition of the Straits Times runs a story "Teacher pleads guilty to sex with pupil, 13" (5 March 2013), where a married teacher, who is mother of three children, had a three-month long relationship with a Primary 6 pupil, culminating in sexual encounters in a park, at her home and at the staircase of an HDB block. On 19 July 2012, when she was leaving to collect fast food for the boy, the vice-principal told her to go to the principal's office. When the principal asked if there was anything going on between her and the victim, she denied it. She was then asked to write a report. Feeling guilty and suffering a sleepless night, she did not want to tell her husband the full story. She then went to church the next day and confessed to her pastor, and also to her principal, before making a police report at Woodlands Neighbourhoood Police Centre.

She pleaded guilty to two charges of having sex with the boy, then 13, in a park and at her home between May and July 2011. Four other charges, including committing an obscene act with a child and performing oral sex on the victim, will be taken into consideration when she is sentenced. District Judge Kamala Ponnampalam adjourned the case to next Thursday for her lawyer Ravinderpal Singh to mitigate.

The Sin:
  • This case is morally deplorable on so many levels, and only the surface of which is only scraped by the law. Being married, a mother of three, a teacher, and the fact that the boy was merely 13 at the time, acts such as these simultaneously violate a wide plethora of duties, which the rights-centric discourse of our day is barely able to grasp:
  • One's own bodily integrity. Contrary to the assertions of John Stuart Mill, over himself, his own body and mind, the individual is not sovereign. Any form of sexual conduct outside marriage is a defilement of one's bodily integrity, misdirecting one's sexual passions in acts of lust.
  • To one's husband. The marriage vow is sacred, and represents a lifelong duty of mutual faithfulness, love and respect. The marital vow is a promise made before God, family, relatives and friends, and pleads for their sanction. Most importantly, it is made to one's spouse. By committing an act of adultery, that duty is violated and the marriage bed defiled. One extremely shocking aspect of this case is how this teacher had sex with her student in her own home.
  • To one's children. It is a terrible thing for children to suffer that the womb that bore them and the breast that fed them should be have the seed of another sown and to be fondled by one who is not their father. The energy and passion that had been directed in lust should have been better spent nurturing and caring for the children.
  • One's duty as a teacher. A teacher is a moral exemplar to her students, and should not only educate children in their school subjects, but to model life to them. Sex education of this sort is definitely not the kind of education parents send their children to school for.
  • To the boy. To the boy, these sexual acts are a horrific corruption of his innocence. Even though the Child Guidance Clinic found that he was embarassed by what had happened but showed no evidence of any adverse psychological effects, the teacher's acts have robbed him of his virginity and sexualised the child at such a young age when he should have been left to grow and develop properly.
The Confession:
  • What would a virtuous person do? Of course, a virtuous person in the shoes of this particular teacher would not have done what she did, because it is inconsistent with the nature of virtue to do so. However, in a world where humans are "only human", we may have to live with second-best.
  • The virtuous thing to do after one has erred is not to conceal one's error. In this, the teacher has done one right thing in confessing to her pastor, the principal, and then submitting herself to the authorities. She has done a further right thing in pleading guilty to the offences.

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Sexual predators targeting minors – disconcerting number of cases

The State Court on Thursday dealt with three separate cases of sexual offences committed by men against minors. They are the latest in what seem to be a frequent occurrence in Singapore, going by news reports, of such cases involving minors. (See definition of “minor” here.)

In the first case on Thursday, 48-year old odd-job worker, Lee Kia Kit, was sentenced to seven years’ preventive detention and was also given one stroke of the cane for outraging the modesty of two girls, aged 13 and 15, when they were on their way to school in March.

The Deputy Public Prosecutor told the court that Lee had also had three previous convictions for sexual offences since 2011. The DPP thus argued that imprisonment had “no rehabilitative or deterrent effect” on Lee whose previous offences, the court was told, were committed against victims aged between nine and 45.

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Singapore's Ministry of Education fails to prevent teacher misconduct
In the latest case of teacher misconduct, a relief physical education teacher in Singapore has been fired for inappropriate behaviour

The former National Junior College (NJC) teacher was found guilty of sending inappropriate messages to female students from April to June this year, including asking one to meet him in his hostel room. He is currently a student at Nanyang Technological University.

One of the victims had complained to NJC’s vice principal. “Our vice principal was alerted by the student’s parent about the inappropriate message sent in one encounter,” NJC’s spokesperson said. “An immediate investigation was carried out. The relief teacher had admitted and apologised for his inappropriate actions. The relief teacher is no longer with the school.” This puts the total number of reported cases to four – just over a span of three weeks.

In July, The Educator reported three cases of teacher misconduct in Singapore. One teacher was jailed for having an inappropriate relationship with his 15-year-old student. Another was found guilty of molesting his 13-year-old pupil. The third case involved a shocking drug scandal: a secondary teacher had asked her student to buy methamphetamine for her. The Ministry of Education (MOE) dismissed her from service during the investigation in 2017. Both teacher and student were charged separately.

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The law on underage sex

48 men have been charged in court for paying for sex with an underage prostitute. Another 14 are under probe.

The accused include civil servants, high flyers in the finance industry, and other notable figures.

80 men have been implicated in the case. More charges are expected to be filed.

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NYGH teacher checked students' bra

CAUSED STUDENTS TO FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE; SCHOOL HAS APOLOGISED

A school did conduct a uniform check, and a teacher did proceed to check the colour of bra straps during the inspection. As it is, this is how it all went down.


According to Chinese daily Shin Min Daily News, a female teacher, believed to be the Secondary 4-year head, had unbuttoned students’ uniforms to verify the colour of their bra straps during the attire check. Apparently, Nanyang Girls’ High students are permitted to wear only white or beige undergarments.

Having supposedly done the attire check on behalf of the male form teacher, the teacher allegedly undid the collar buttons of students’ attires and pulled out their bra straps.



Pre-school teacher who humiliated 5-year-old boy suspended

A pre-school teacher who humiliated a 5-year-old boy for spotting long hair has been temporarily suspended by the school. The boy’s father had written a lengthy email post on Saturday (9 Jul) recounting how the teacher made his son stand in front of the class for sporting long hair, and put a “girl hair clip” on him, “much to the amusement of all the other kids”. The teacher further threatened to repeat the action the next school day if the boy did not cut his hair by then.

In his Facebook post which has since gone viral with over 2000 shares, the boy’s father Eric Cheong said that his son told him that he felt like dying. The father, painted the teacher who he identified as Ms Theresa, as ‘monster’ who the pre-schoolers were terribly afraid of. Eric said:
“What has happened to my son today is just one of the many, I would have to say improper conducts, for an early childhood teacher to be exhibiting. A few other parents also feedback Ms Theresa would use marker or pen that she is holding to poke on our children’s foreheads when they answered wrongly to her questions. She will use a water spray and spray into the kid’s mouth if they ever seen yawning in her class. She had in a few situations, tied up the kid’s legs together if they swing their legs in class. Just last week, my boy’s classmate vomited in class and she had the decency to make the kid clean up the vomit by herself, even though she was unwell.”
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Primary school teacher investigated for abusive punishment of students

Several parents, unhappy with how a mathematics and science teacher was disciplining students in Gongshang Primary School, have lodged complaints with the school & the Ministry of Education (MOE).

According to the parents, the female teacher from the school in Tampines -- who has been relieved of her teaching duties & cannot be named as investigations into the case are still ongoing -- had resorted to abusive punishment of her students in the classes she taught.

The punishments ranged from the students being called names, having to kneel beside the teacher’s table, and getting objects thrown at them.

Teacher's Apology Did Not Placate The Boy

Posted on Wednesday morning, the video, taken in secret by a third party, shows a private conversation between “Justin” and his teacher, who tells the boy to “remember your agreement with me” and asks him to go back to his seat. “Justin” goes back to his seat for a while before going to another student’s table. The teacher shouts his name and the boy went back to his seat.

That was when the boy tells his teacher not to shout at him saying: “Am I deaf? Just answer my question…you should not shout, I’m not deaf, okay...Who ask you to shout? I’m deaf, ah?”.

“Justin” demands that the teacher says sorry to him. The teacher is heard apologising to the student for shouting and saying that “Justin” has to sit down.
Protecting Our Minors from Underage Sex Crimes
A grandfather who molested and sexually abused his daughter’s seven-year-old son over two years was sentenced to 12 years in jail on Friday (22 June)

The 64-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect his grandson’s identity, had also morally corrupted his grandson by showing him pornography as a precursor to the sexual penetration and molest on two occasions, said the prosecution as part of its submissions for sentencing.

Deputy Public Prosecutors Winston Man and N K Anitha asked the High Court for a jail term of at least 12 years.

The prosecution also argued for the need to deter the man, who “demonstrated a degree of persistence in sexually abusing his grandson” in the family home.

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