Voices

Abolishing GEP deprives students of enhanced learning experience

From

Kua Le Ting

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Published: August 30, 4:03 AM

I refer to the letter by Ms Schutz Lee (“GEP no longer fits values of S’pore”, Aug 29). I would like to debunk the notion that the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) is an “elephant in the room”.

Children who excel and are far ahead of their peers should be given paths to further develop their capabilities. A good education system is one that is tailor-made as much as possible to each student’s abilities.

Certain gifted children absorb knowledge at a much faster pace than their peers. Are they supposed to remain at the same level of learning as the rest, hindering what talent or skill that could potentially be developed?

Yes, there may be parents who send their children for costly enrichment classes in preparation for the GEP tests. This is not beneficial for the student if he or she was indeed selected for the GEP, as their ability to cope with the greater intensity of learning may not be inherent.

There are families who do not send their children for supplementary classes of any sort, yet their child made the programme on their own capability. Should we deprive such children of the chance to enhance their learning experience?

I believe the GEP should stay on. Such is the example of meritocracy that Singapore upholds.