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Primary school kids taught to seek help

Children in lower primary in schools here are taught how to protect themselves from sexual abuse.

According to the Ministry of Education website, they are also taught to seek help when they are sexually threatened or abused.

The MOE said: "The form teacher guidance period was introduced in all primary schools in 2011.

"The allocated one period per week is for form teachers to conduct interactive activities and social and emotional learning lessons."

A primary school teacher, who wanted to be known only as Madam Siti, said her principal also advises all employees to take allegations of sexual abuse very seriously.

The mother of two teenage boys added: "It is important that we inform the children that they can always approach us teachers for help whenever they encounter problems, not just academic ones.

"I'm glad that even after teaching for more than 10 years, I have not personally encountered cases of sexual abuse."