Voices Of Youth

Having gifted kids in regular classes

In Singapore, academically gifted students are separated from other students.

There are two possible outcomes to having gifted students in classes like mine.

The bad outcome is if gifted students become arrogant and look down on others.

Usually, opportunities, such as becoming prefects, monitors or school representatives in competitions, are given to gifted students. Consequently, the other students get fewer opportunities to shine.

Classrooms will get less harmonious as the other students are always compared with the gifted ones. This will also affect students' self-esteem.

However, the good outcome is if gifted students help the others, and, at the same time,

learn to be humble, helpful and friendly. The whole class will progress faster and all students will have something to gain.

The level of happiness in the class will also increase. This is a win-win situation for all.

Aliza Lim Meng Ping, 11,
Primary 5 pupil

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2015, with the headline ''. Print Edition | Subscribe