Parliamentary Replies

February 14, 2012

Gifted Education Programme (GEP)

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Yee Jenn Jong, NCMP

Question

To ask the Minister for Education if he can provide the past 10 years’ data on (a) the number of students admitted into the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) at Primary 4; (b) the annual budget for the GEP; and (c) the performance of GEP students at the PSLE and A level examinations in terms of minimum, maximum and average scores.

Response

About 500 students were admitted into the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) each year over the last 10 years.

Primary schools hosting the GEP are provided with additional teachers for the GEP classes they host over and above their usual complement of classes, and an annual programme grant of $53 per pupil.

Over 90% of GEP students score among the top 10% of PSLE candidates. About half of former GEP students scored 4As at the A-levels.