Gifted Education Programme

Published Date: 06 November 2017 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Dr Lim Wee Kiak, Sembawang GRC


To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) (a) how many students have undergone the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) each year in the past five years; (b) whether any study has been done to track the career path of those who underwent the GEP since its inception in 1984 and, if so, what has been the outcome; and (c) whether the GEP has been tweaked to meet the changing needs of education.


1. Over the past 5 years, about 1% of the age cohort were admitted into the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) at Primary 4 each year.

2. Based on longitudinal data collected from several batches of GEP graduates, they have done well. As a group, they have not only excelled academically but also performed strongly in non-academic areas.

3. Our first few cohorts are now in their forties. They hold diverse portfolios in both the public and private sectors. Among those in the private sector, some were founders, managing partners or CEOs of their organisations. Others have also become established leaders in their respective fields, such as senior consultants in the medical field, senior partners in law firms or senior Directors in the public service.

4. The GEP is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that it continues to meet developmental needs of our students and prepare them well for the future.

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