What is Gifted Education Programme (GEP)?

By: Francis Pang    

The Gifted Education Programme (GEP) was set up by the Ministry of Education in 1984 to cater to the intellectually gifted students. This programme aims to develop gifted children to their top potential and it places a special emphasis on higher-order thinking and creative thought. There are currently 9 primary schools offering the Gifted Education Programme: Anglo-Chinese School, Catholic High School, Henry Park Primary School, Nan Hua Primary School, Nanyang Primary School, Rosyth School, Tao Nan School, St. Hilda's Primary School and Raffles Girls' Primary School. The Secondary School Gifted Education Programme was discontinued at the end of 2008 as more students take the Integrated Programme (IP); this has been replaced by a School-Based Gifted Education programme.

Pupils enter the programme through a series of tests at Primary 3, which will identify the top 1 per cent of the student population. In the programme, pupils are offered special enrichment programmes to cater for their needs. However, GEP students are still required to take the national Primary School Leaving Examination like other mainstream students.

The GEP is essentially the same in all GEP schools. Officers of the Gifted Education Branch and GEP teachers meet to develop the curriculum and to ensure that a comparable standard is maintained in all GEP schools. The difference in the GEP schools lies mainly in the types of co-curricular activities offered and the school ethos.

More details and FAQ can be found at MOE website.

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