The Education Ministry has denied endorsing a guideline on how to spot gay and lesbian schoolchildren in a statement through Facebook.

The ministry said that it had never endorsed such guidelines to be published and circulated in schools by any party.

MOE also said that it views cases of social ills in the community seriously and will always give guidance directly and indirectly to all school children to ensure that they stay away from unhealthy activities.

The guidelines, originally reported by a Chinese daily, has been met with outrage and ridicule from social media users, with the several political parties championing the issue using their networks.

A few teachers when contacted also said that they have never received any directive or such guides from the ministry.