Do children in the Gifted Education Programme really need tuition?

Former GEP pupil Shachah Chua (front) and his mother HR manager Jocelyn Goh. Mr Chua says he benefited from taking Science enrichment classes for gifted and high-ability students.
Former GEP pupil Shachah Chua (front) and his mother HR manager Jocelyn Goh. Mr Chua says he benefited from taking Science enrichment classes for gifted and high-ability students.ST PHOTO: SONG TAO

SINGAPORE - While children in the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) are considered among the brightest in Singapore, such students are still increasingly participating in that most Singaporean of after-school activities: Tuition.

Not only have GEP pupils been taking tuition to keep up academically, parents of such kids are even enrolling them in programmes that are specifically targeted at GEP students - reportedly to hone exam skills for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).

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