Why parents push their children into GEP

October 16, 2007 at 1:20 am Leave a comment

Oct 16, 2007

Straits Times Forum

I REFER to the discussion on the Gifted Education Programme (ST, Oct 12).

It is a well-known fact that a person’s IQ can be increased through training, with exposure to various tools such as number and pattern puzzles and other mind benders. Many local enrichment centres offer gifted training programmes for pre-schoolers, and one even advertised the high success rate of its pupils entering GEP. Thus, I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority who qualified had attended enrichment classes and are from higher-income families.

Why do parents push their children into GEP? Other than that GEP has smaller classes, better teachers and more interesting programmes, students who are in GEP qualify automatically for subsidised school fee in independent schools, compared to non-GEP students with the same score, who have to pay the full fee, unless they are awarded the Edusave Entrance Scholarships for Independent Schools.

Parents are just being practical in their quest for the best education for their children.

Vicky Chong Cheng Yee (Mdm)

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