05 Oct '11, 4am

Our reader says it appears there are teachers with questionable values who themselves require character building. #SGedu

WHILE I am heartened by the Ministry of Education's (MOE) plan to introduce character building in school ('Schools to stress values and character-building'; Sept 23), I am concerned by recent reports about errant teachers caught in relationships with their charges and for unethical behaviour. As a father of two daughters, I am perturbed by the seeming increase of teachers, principals and students on MOE scholarships caught for sex offences or child pornography. It appears that there are teachers with questionable values in our midst, who themselves require character building. Does MOE screen potential scholars and teachers psychologically and have a programme to instil values and character in teachers, underscoring the nobility of their jobs? More importantly, does MOE have a screening system that allows candidates to declare voluntarily whether they have fulfilled the fun...

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