In an article in The Straits Times on 3 November 2007, the MOE announced its new scheme to "encourage" greater integration between GEP and mainstream students, to combat elitism and encourage socialisation [ citation needed ] . GEP students in the nine primary GEP centres would spend up to 50% of their lesson time with the top 2% to 5% of the cohort, or the top mainstream students. They would do activities such as studying with them, etc. Also, non-core subjects such as art and music are conducted with the mainstream cohort. The announcement of the integration provoked much buzz on the blogosphere .