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    International Schools in Malaysia

    Do any of you know what is the cost to send a child to Year 1 say in KL.

    How much the private school charge per month and what are the other charges?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naka View Post
    Do any of you know what is the cost to send a child to Year 1 say in KL.

    How much the private school charge per month and what are the other charges?
    International School and private school are two different schools in Malaysia.

    Private school adopts the curriculum prescribed by the Ministry of Education Malaysia or in other words, students can sit for all the public school exams from primary school to secondary school. Since they study Malaysian syllabus, the students can apply local university.

    International uses different syllabus according to the country of origin, most are adopting UK curriculum, some use Canadian, Australian, Japanese, etc.

    Previously (before 2009), international school enrolment are only limited to foreigners and a small number of Malaysians whose children were studied in foreign country due to their parents' overseas posting. The restriction had been removed after 2009 and the enrolments are open for all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naka View Post
    Do any of you know what is the cost to send a child to Year 1 say in KL ?
    I know a fair bit about international school.

    Although there is no official demarcation that differentiate them, I can divide them into 3 categories:

    a) The expensive : tuition fee starts from RM100k per year

    b) The average : tuition fee starts from RM40k to RM70k per year

    c) The low end : annual fee less than RM30k per year

    What differentiate them is the teaching staff.
    - (a), 100% expatriate teaching staff.
    - (b), around 50% to 80% of expatriate teaching staff. The higher the more expensive.
    - (c), almost non-existence of expatriate teachers.


    For Year 1 in category (a), the annual tuition fee is around RM60k, and for category (b) is around RM25k. Bear in mind, for category (a) and (b), there are other fees which can amounted to another 20-30% of the tuition fee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opulant View Post
    What differentiate them is the teaching staff.
    - (a), 100% expatriate teaching staff.
    - (b), around 50% to 80% of expatriate teaching staff. The higher the more expensive.
    - (c), almost non-existence of expatriate teachers.
    For (a), there is a high percentage of international students in the school.

    For (b), there is a good mix of international student and local students (predominantly Malaysian Chinese)

    For (c), apart from the syllabus content, I don't see why the school is an "international" school as the teaching staff and students are almost 100% local.
    Last edited by opulant; 24-04-2017 at 05:11 PM.

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    Thanks....this International School requirements is new to me.
    I have no experience in this.

    Keep going at it since your kids are still in school and I will see what I can contribute later

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    Talk about the academic standard of international school ( I take UK-based school as example)

    - Those with high percentage of expatriate teaching staff are always good in art subjects like English, English literature, drama, etc. You can expect your kid can outspeak you after 2-3 years there if he/she is actively involved in the school activities.

    - They are weak in mathematics and science subjects. They talk a lot about these subjects but little substance inside. If you envisage your kid to pursue a degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering & Math), you need to know what you can do to provide extra assistance for the kid to be competitive.

    International school is a one-way ticket, it is highly unlikely you can enroll the kid back to public school. You also can practically forget about getting scholarship from your 1gomen and/or other institutions (public and private) in this country.

    Nevertheless, it is the right place to build soft skills (non-academic) for the kids like language communication skills, interpersonal skills and to a certain extent, building confidence. With the same academic credentials, these soft skills will give an edge in future endeavors.

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    Just checked with one International School in Central, Hong Kong.

    These are shocking figures to me

    But they are the on-going rates.

    1. kindergarten school..1st year is HKD15,000.00 per month or RM$8,500.00 per month.

    2. School Transport Bus...HKD$8,000.00 for 3 months or RM$4,500 for 3 months.

    3. Debentures from the International School is HKD$100,000.00 or RM$56,500.00

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    International schools here have a different fees structure, right from application to registration and enrolment.

    For example, a UK-based secondary school (currency in RM)

    1. Application fee (non-refundable if the applicant fail to get acceptance) : 1000 – 2000

    2. Registration fee (non-refundable, this fee is to prevent parents to apply many/different schools) : 5000-20,000

    3. Term fee deposit (refundable if parents give one term written notice before withdrawing the student from school) : 15,000 – 20,000


    Is the debentures from international school in HK refundable ?

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    There are so many ACTIVITIES in this International School and they are not free.

    OMG

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    I need to ask about that Debentures later

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    Apart from all this standard fees, there are other fees which sometimes can be shocking too. For example, fee for excursion.

    For secondary school, the students especially from the upper secondary level (Year 8-Year 11) are regarded as more mature and independent to take care of themselves. Hence, there are many off-campus activities including overseas excursion.

    For winter holidays, there is this Swiss Alps ski trip, and for summer break, there is summer school at Cambridge/Oxford University. There is also drama trip to the musical theaters in Piccadilly, London and orchestra trip to Vienna !! Of course, these excursions are optional but somehow, maybe because of peers pressure, each student will partake at least one of these excursions and there is another RM15-RM30k depend on where they go !!

    Primary school students are ok. They are not ready to go overseas by themselves and the school is reluctant to take the risk/responsibility to bring them away from parents... !!



    p/s : Year 1 is Standard 1 ... Year 7 is Form 1. Year 11 (Form 5) is the final year of secondary school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naka View Post
    I need to ask about that Debentures later
    Yes, I checked yesterday.

    For this particular International School, the Debenture is HKD$100,000.00 or RM$56,500.00

    This particular school is considered cheap, others cost more.

    As long as you have the money, your kids can enrol in this school.

    If your kids decide to leave the school, you can get back part of your Debenture maybe 50%, otherwise no.

    I understand International Schools in Singapore is limited to foreign parents and competition for places is easy. Please confirm.

    In Hong Kong, money talks, if you can afford it, your kids have a place.

    Honestly speaking, I still cannot get over the thought of paying HKD$15,000.00 or RM$8,500.00 per month for a kindergarten kid!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naka View Post
    Yes, I checked yesterday.

    For this particular International School, the Debenture is HKD$100,000.00 or RM$56,500.00

    This particular school is considered cheap, others cost more.

    As long as you have the money, your kids can enrol in this school.

    If your kids decide to leave the school, you can get back part of your Debenture maybe 50%, otherwise no.

    I understand International Schools in Singapore is limited to foreign parents and competition for places is easy. Please confirm.

    In Hong Kong, money talks, if you can afford it, your kids have a place.

    Honestly speaking, I still cannot get over the thought of paying HKD$15,000.00 or RM$8,500.00 per month for a kindergarten kid!!
    For Singapore, I think it is the same with Malaysia prior to 2009 where enrolment into international school was only limited to foreigners. The market is small because not many expatriates come with family and not all are getting full expatriate terms which cover children school fees. As far as I know, full expatriate terms is rare now especially in cities with high living costs.

    For kindergarten fees, one British international school in KL charges RM11,500 to RM15,700 per term for early years. Early years is for kids between 3 to 5 years old.

    There are 3 terms per year for British school. One term is about 3 months. So, the monthly fee for this school is around RN3800 to RM5200. Costs of living and salary in HK is easily 6 times higher than Malaysia, RM8500/month for early years international school in HK is considered cheap.

    Most British international schools here charge around RM5000 to RM10,000 per term for early years education (RM1500 to RM3000 monthly)

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    I have many friends who enrol their child in private or international schools reasons known to them,but when i ask them what happens when they finish school,they will reply their kid will go local uni. Walau! why spend so much during primary and secondary school but not sending them overseas later?

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    Yes, some people think private or international school is the solution to their kids academic problem.. !!

    One must understand all schools have pros and cons irrespective of how much the school fee. One must also know what they envisage the kids can be in future and then focus on providing the relevant resources to them. If such resources are not up to par in public school, then look for the resources elsewhere when money can buy.

    Talk about overseas tertiary education, many parents think study in overseas provide an edge to their kids without knowing what exactly the so-called "edge" is !! Say I'm biased, I find it funny and stupid for parents to send the kid to study general subject like business studies in low-ranking university overseas.

    In my humble opinion, enrol in a top 20 university in the world like Imperial College London(for example ) to pursue a degree in STEM subject is not difficult, just need to have :

    - good academic credentials and is top 1% in your country. This shouldn't be a problem if the kid is consistently among the top 1% in the school.

    - excellent interpersonal and communication skills. This needs the right environment to nurture such soft skills and to a greater extent, public school cannot provide such environment.

    - $$$ as scholarship for undergraduate studies is rare compare to scholarship for postgraduate studies.

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