The Gifted Education Programme is not meant to prepare children for exceptional performance at the PSLE, nor to give them an added advantage, said Ms Sim Ann, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education.
It is aimed at nurturing the creativity and higher-level thinking of pupils who demonstrate strong academic abilities.
It is not meant to classify pupils into any particular group, she added. She also gave an update on the number of children who are exceptionally gifted - fewer than 20 have been identified since 2000.
Of these, one is overseas, while the rest are studying in Singapore. The oldest is enrolled in the National University of Singapore.
The Education Ministry also works closely with tertiary institutions to determine if such children are ready to enter university at a younger age.
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