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THE POINT

Educating the "Gifted" in Singapore

BY CHEO CHAI-HIANG

ILLUSTRATION BY Yeji Yun

In 1989, Dr. Neville Ellis, an art teacher in one of the top high schools in Singapore, published an article titled "Will the Gifted Blossom?" in School Arts magazine. The essay provides an account of how Singapore's Art Elective Programme (AEP) was established, refined and implemented in a handful of top-ranking secondary schools. Initiated by the Ministry of Education in 1984, the program was intended to provide an enriched environment for a small number of students to realize their creative talents and develop…

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