CHARLIE's mother Mrs Lam said that after her son was found to be a gifted child, she took him to the special education division of the Education Department, hoping for guidance in regard to his future education. The department gave Charlie an IQ test but refused to tell Mrs Lam his score. ''All they would say was that Charlie scored very highly in the test,'' Mrs Lam said. ''They said that as the mother of a gifted child I was not allowed to know the score, but that the school principal had the right to know. I think that's ridiculous,'' Mrs Lam said. ''They also said they could not offer my son any special training as he was 'overage', above 11 years. They asked me why I didn't bring him for the test earlier. How can I know there's a test for younger children, as the department doesn't publicise the fact?'' Mrs Lam said she was glad the the Government was planning to build a school for gifted children. Although Charlie would not benefit from it, other gifted children would enjoy a special training, she said. ''I think the quality of teachers for such a school is very important. They need to understand the mind of this kind of child.''