Tag Archives: Straits Times 25 Oct 2014

IS THE GIFTED STREAM STILL RELEVANT?

The fact that they are tackling such a difficult topic at such a young age would surprise many people. Yet an even bigger surprise rears its head - why are they taking extra classes at a private centre? They are, after all, from the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) which, through a screening test at the end of Primary 3, selects the top 1 per cent of the cohort, or about 400 to 500 pupils a year.

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PARENTS SPEND BIG BUCKS ON THEIR BRIGHT SPARKS

The GEP, which turns 30 this year, takes in the top 1 per cent of a cohort a year - about 500 students. Its declared aim is to nurture "gifted individuals to their full potential for the fulfilment of self and the betterment of society". However, it has come under fire for being elitist, with critics saying that the majority of GEP pupils come from families who can afford to send them for supplementary classes.

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SIX IN HONG LIM PARK FRACAS FACE PUBLIC NUISANCE CHARGES

SIX protesters, including activist Han Hui Hui and blogger Roy Ngerng, who took part in a Hong Lim Park march that disrupted a charity event last month, will be in court on Monday to face charges of public nuisance. The police also said yesterday that Ms Han, 22, and Mr Ngerng, 34, each face a second charge of organising a demonstration without approval.

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NEW RULES CLEAR AIR FOR TRANSNATIONAL MARRIAGES

Singaporeans who want to marry a foreigner have a new option that can speed up their application for the spouse to live here, by as much as five months. The spouses will also find it easier to work in Singapore as the new rules would no longer classify them as foreign workers, subject to quotas and levies.

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