More than just after-school activities

More than just after-school activities

About 2,800 students each year enter secondary schools under the Direct School Admission (DSA) scheme, and around 15 per cent of them are from the Gifted Education Programme (GEP).

But these students are "selected on the basis of their strengths and achievements in academic or non-academic domains, like sports and arts, rather than simply because they were in the GEP", said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, in a written reply to Nominated MP Janice Koh.

Of all students admitted under the DSA, about 15 per cent get in based on their strengths, abilities and achievements in arts, and another 35 per cent in sports.

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