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Islamic education in Malaysia is gradually increasing due to a demand by parents who seek balance between secular and religious education for their children.
Children today spend a lot of time on social media raising the risk of being bullied online. The effects of this are no less serious than being bullied in real life.
There's an increasing number of private schools offering the Malaysian national curriculum - Standard Based Curriculum for Primary Schools (KSSR) and Secondary Schools (KSSM) - for parents who prefer smaller class sizes and extra activities.
Choosing what to study after secondary school can be difficult and students are often torn between studying about a subject they’re passionate about and doing a degree guaranteeing a successful career.
While most international schools are located in peninsular Malaysia, there are international school options for those living in the east coast states of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu.
Pursuing a degree is an investment and while most Malaysian students opt for either a local or Australian / British / American degree, there are viable alternatives that cost less and are just as good.
International schools are all accredited by and work with different boards and associations, which are often listed as acronyms. Here are the most common ones associated with international schools in Malaysia.
Pursuing a degree is what most students hope for after completing secondary school. As a regional education hub Malaysia is an excellent option for tertiary education.
Fitness, being outdoors, gamesmanship, discipline, fun, positive competition, socialising and learning to be a team player – all the advantages of participating in sports.
If you're looking for regular art and craft classes, artistic birthday party venues or school holiday programmes, check these art studios out.
SJIIM students surpass global averages again with their outstanding IBDP results.
The summer holidays are in full swing and for many international school students, this means almost two months off! Keep the kids happy and busy at these camps for sports, cooking, arts and craft, and the performing arts.
Debate rages over whether the popular Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching approach really needs the formal addition of the arts into the acronym.
Your child's turning three and it's time to consider sending him / her to preschool. This is usually the first big decision when it comes to their education and it can be a tough one!
Increase in strength, endurance and hand-foot-eye coordination as well as developing problem-solving skills are some of the benefits kids gain when climbing. These centres offer great child-friendly facilities and programmes.
This phrase is bandied around a lot and it's a fact that children need to play to develop physically, intellectually and socially. Child and Family Development specialist Racheal Kwacz shares her views on learning through play.
Private and international schools in Malaysia offer a comprehensive list of curriculums including the British, American, IB, Australian and the Malaysian National Curriculum.
Make screen time count with these fun, educational apps teaching maths, languages, geography and the alphabet.
Discipline, structure and obeying the rules - this is what autocratic parents expect from their children.
There are a variety of scholarships offered by private companies to help deserving students attain their degrees.
The cost of a private school education in Malaysia depends on several factors – curriculum, location, facilities and accreditation.
A common problem that’s become accepted as part of school life, bullying carries far more negative consequences than realised.
Anxiety also affects young children, who may not know how to properly express or overcome their anxious feelings. Here's how to recognise the symptoms, and what parents can do to help.
Constructive parental engagement is essential for a child’s academic success. By simply bonding with them at home, having fun and getting involved in their activities, it can make a big difference in their scholastic career.
The April (Easter) school holidays are around the corner and there's so much for the kids to do from learning how to scuba dive in Tioman to learning about coding, cooking and growing their vegetables!
Research has shown that music can improve our language, memory and reasoning skills. These music schools offer lessons in many instruments across every age group and examining board.
Can a student sing, dance or act their way to better grades? Many teachers, parents and students think so and are benefitting greatly from participating in stage productions and music / dance classes.
What's the next step after secondary school? With a wide range of choices available, choosing the correct pre-university course is the first step towards university and what degree and qualifications they will take up.
Graduates today face various situations and a new world upon entering the working environment. Here's what they can do to ease that transition.
Today's classroom is no longer just about academics and assessments. Technology has dramatically changed the way lessons are taught and what new skill sets students must learn.
One in five Malaysian students do not complete secondary school and almost half of 15-year-olds do not meet minimum proficiency levels in reading. Teach For Malaysia is leading the way to change this.
Although the British and American curriculums are more prevalent in Malaysia, there are options for Australian and Canadian programmes as well.
University open days or information sessions are an important part of the tertiary education process for students and parents. Find out what happens and why you should attend them.
There is no longer a gender imbalance when it comes to studying STEM-based degrees at university, but there still is in the related job markets. STEM subjects will shape our future and girls will play a major role in this.
A student's first year of university is an exciting time, but students have to be careful to take care of themselves as well or risk facing these common health concerns.
Be a part of your little one's day through this new app that updates parents on their children's activities in school and daycare.
These Australian and British universities offer medical degrees at their local campuses, which makes it easier and more cost-effective to get a widely recognised degree.
What are the options available for tertiary education in Malaysia - from diploma course to vocational training.
In recent years, the higher education scene in Malaysia has been growing at an unprecedented rate due to supportive government strategy, competitive costs and diverse study options.
Dr Mihai Rotaru is an Associate Professor and the Programme Leader of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in University of Southampton Malaysia, where he teaches and researches the fields of applied electromagnetism.
A great art initiative is taking place in Kuala Lumpur now and sees artwork by local artists displayed on prominent buildings and digital billboards throughout the city. A great weekend activity for the whole family.
Reading is becoming a lost art as screen time becomes the norm. One of the greatest gifts a parent can offer is to encourage their children to develop a love for reading at a young age.
If you're looking for schools offering the American curriculum, there are several choices located in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru.
However tempting it may be to do homework for the kids, parents really shouldn't.
Practical skills should be taught to children when they are young as they are quick to learn. Here are some useful ones that will play an important role until adulthood and help them cope with many situations.
A highly experienced international educator, Dr John Kennard has taught in prominent schools in the UK and Australia. He is now headmaster at Epsom College in Malaysia and has led schools in Hong Kong, Poland and Switzerland.
Math and fun don't usually go together especially for younger kids. But these math apps not only make math enjoyable, they also teach the basics of the subject and help enhance calculation skills.
If you're travelling in Malaysia, visit these quirky indoor places the kids will enjoy (parents maybe not so much). Plus, it's an easy way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon.
Kids learn best when they 'play to learn'. A trip to any of these educational centres is always time well spent, and a great family day out.
While most international schools are in the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Baru aren't far behind. This week we look at the options at one of the top heritage centres in Asia and a great place to settle down.
Books are excellent sources of knowledge, but there are plenty of other fun ways to combine the best of education and entertainment for a learning experience. Here are our picks for you and your little ones.
Swimming is a very important skill to have from as young as possible primarily for safety (pools, pool parties, beach holidays). A good teacher is imperative as they will be responsible to teach and help your child love the water.
With a BA (Hons) in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PGCE from the University of Northampton, Simon Sharp is Head of Primary at the British International School of Kuala Lumpur.
The end of the year is upon us. The kids will soon be on holiday, Christmas is coming up and 2018 is coming to a close. Check out these fun activities for the kids, and parents too if you're up for it!
Kids who learn a new language reap many benefits, including improved cognitive, social and emotional development. Start the kids on a second (or third) language at these centres, which also offer courses for adults.
Science is fun when taught through art, craft and fun characters. This local educational subscription box brand is set to change the way your kids learn and who doesn't love receiving a box of goodies?
Pastoral care supplements academic teaching and international schools are taking it seriously for its benefits.
The first day of school can be a tough affair and parents should start preparing weeks ahead to avoid tears.
EE explores the options of education courses for adult development.
There are so many moving parts that contribute to the development of literacy at the preschool level. Education expert Rohan Yung explores the various approaches and how preschools are prioritising.
These schools are known for their bilingual and trilingual programmes emphasising on Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia.
As the oldest British international school in Malaysia, the Alice Smith School has a long history of community service.
The International Baccalaureate has become a top secondary school qualification with a global outlook, widely accepted at top universities around the world. These schools offer the IB and are known for good results.
More Malaysian students are being enrolled in international schools than ever before. To meet increasing demand, more international schools are slated to open offering various curriculums and fee brackets.
A British education offers more value and benefits for the children than you think.
If you're living outside the Klang Valley and want to send your primary age kids to an international school at a reasonable price, these are some of your options.
How special needs learners are getting the help they need within and outside of the classroom.
Private and international school education is a substantial investment. As more parents consider this route, they're getting more savvy when it comes to pricing. These schools offer the British curriculum and reasonable fees.
There is a real sense of individual accomplishment to be gained from climbing the rungs of the music grades. Rohan Yung explores the increasing opportunities for children to get involved in musical ensembles here in Malaysia.
Most international schools in Malaysia follow a British, American or Australian curriculum. We take a look at alternative curriculum and the schools that offer them.
We last wrote about boarding schools in KL and the surrounds, but if you're looking further afield, there're good options in Penang and Johor Bahru.
STEM learning is becoming increasingly relevant in producing future problem solvers who think outside the box. The Alice Smith School recognises that and incorporates STEM subjects into their curriculum.
Having worked across many sectors of education across several countries including Australia, Brunei, Thailand, Japan and the UAE, Stephen West is now the principal at MIGS preparing students for the ever-changing future.
These classes in international schools give students an introductory glimpse into the working world.
From famed British public schools to prestigious local institutions, boarding offers students the opportunity to become independent in a nurturing and holistic environment without having to leave the country.
At the Alice Smith School, Secondary Principal, Dr. Sarah Howling, has spearheaded the introduction of a coaching culture grounded in systems of collaboration and self-directed professional growth.
As environmental studies may soon become a compulsory subject in schools across the country, we look at three international schools whose students make it a personal mission to protect their environment.
Fact: Participating in sports makes students healthier, socialise better and perform better academically.
In a tech-savvy world, it's important for schools to ensure that students are interacting with technology in a meaningful, educational way.
Starting off on the right foot: The curriculum used in early childhood education can significantly impact the way your child speaks, thinks and acts.
Find out how school leavers can put their time out of the education system to good use.
Life after high school can be daunting. For many, there is only one chance to make the right choice. For that reason your child can feel overwhelmed. Here are a few reassuring thoughts.
A-Levels or IGCSE? IB or HSC? We take a look at the different types of school-leaving certification offered and how they work.
We take a look at what Generation Y is studying these days and it's veering away from medicine, law and accounting.
Learning more than one language will give your child a head start academically and even offer the chance of better employment in the future.
Secondary schools emphasise 'global citizenship', but understanding what that really means is important in deciding on the right schools and curricula for your children.
Asking the right questions will help ensure that the preschool you select will be one where your young one will shine.
The President and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash University Malaysia is passionate about educational innovation and the changing landscape of learning.
Support for special needs education in Malaysia can be limited, so here's what you can do to ensure your child has access to a programme that best suits their needs.
Navigating education options for gifted and talented children can be a thrilling yet intimidating endeavour for parents, so we look at the resources and schools available here.
With such a wide range of education choices in Malaysia from schools to curriculums, read this general overview of the education scene to get a better idea of what's on offer.
The range of schools available in Malaysia can be daunting, so we take you on a quick whistle-stop tour of the education landscape.
These days, more working adults are returning to tertiary education to reassess their skills and boost their career prospects.
Your choice of primary school will not only need to suit your children's needs, but support your family's practical circumstances too.
These after school clubs and extra-curricular activities let kids tackle real-world challenges and have fun while learning.
Why these 5 International schools make an excellent training ground for aspiring playwrights, actors, singers and young theatre hopefuls.
Learn new skills, engage with the local and international community and gain a global outlook.
With a growing reputation in the arts scene, international schools in Penang are helping students explore their artistic side from a young age through various endeavours.
Responsible for the pastoral care of children in the primary school unit of The British International School of Kuala Lumpur, Deputy Head of Primary Alison Mackey gives us some insight into her job and her hopes for it.
Can’t seem to find what you want in the market and wish you could make it yourself? Or just bored and looking for a creative outlet to fill your days with? Taking up a short course or two might be the answer to both problems.
Sports and games play an important role in ensuring the holistic development of a child's growth, and more international schools are implementing sports programmes and activities to cater to their needs.
For students at an international school in Malaysia, excursions and field trips are a far cry from what most of us will remember from our school days.
We take a comprehensive look at the education system of Malaysia and the challenges it currently faces, as well as the reforms that have been outlined to improve it.
Principle Nicki Coombs shares her experience in developing Beaconhouse Newlands International School as a united team and family in academics, arts, sports and more.
Music, the visual and dramatic arts have been criticised for being non-essential, but what should we really think about arts education in schools?
With chalkboards and dusters being phased out by computers and iPads in the classroom, what does this mean for the changing face of education?
Learning is naturally important, but sometimes it’s what your child learns outside the classroom that’s really what makes them into the adult they become.
We take a look at schools that not only teach subjects, but life lessons like the value of giving back to their pupils
Choosing your child's childcare centre or first school is both an exciting and daunting prospect. Here are the questions to ask, and things to look for to ensure that this school will be right for you and your child.
We spoke to a key representatives from Alice Smith, ELC and EPSOM College to gather their views on their changing role in the evolving educational landscape in Malaysia.
We speak to students at international schools to get an insider look at the front line of Malaysian education.
With holidays around the corner, Penang schools have found innovative ways to counter the 'brain drain', which is where students start to lose focus. We find out how!
EL looks at what international schools are serving up in their cafeterias.
Malaysia is fast becoming a centre for global education systems with curriculums from Europe, the Americas and Asia all well represented
International education in Malaysia is dominated by IGCSEs and A levels but the International Baccalaureate is not to be discarded
Read Part 2 of 'IB Thinking' where we speak to the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) and Fairview
Boarding schools offer children the chance to learn useful life skills like independence and responsibility. Isabel Lee looks at the pros and cons of education away from home plus emerging boarding school trends in Malaysia.
Explore the options for live-in education in Malaysia with our A to Z of international boarding schools
If you decide to send your children to school with a packed lunch, here are some top tips on keeping them healthy
Life is bursting with inventive opportunities that are best tapped into from an early age. Discover how to nurture your child’s natural penchant for imagination and creativity.
Penang has its fair share of preschools, primary and secondary international schools. Their top quality programmes and teaching staff make them the unhesitating choice of expatriate parents.
Failing the exams can be tough on students who have worked hard hoping to attend their dream university. Find out what comes next if your child doesn’t achieve the desired grades.
Leaving a gap year in a resume can be risky, but it can also be a rewarding experience for graduates seeking to broaden their horizons.
For expatriate parents, a major concern when moving abroad is their children's education. While most parents in KL choose an international school, others decide to homeschool their children. Two homeschooling mothers share their experiences.
Those looking to study in Malaysia have numerous curriculum options available to them, but understanding what is out there for the picking is the first step towards choosing the right options.
What role does sports play in the academic life of a student? Karen Andres explores the importance of sports and ways to garner more participation and interest from school students.
The expression of beauty in art, literature, music and other aspects of life uplifts the human mind.
Let’s face it. Wouldn’t you rather go out with friends, watch a movie, even tidy the house than hit the books?
Step into the classroom for a full-on lesson on the many international high school curriculums available in the country and how each is unique.
Boarding has undergone a huge transformation from something that met a necessity to something that most children are desperate to do.
Home support and parental involvement in school play a vital role in bringing out the best in children.
Activity centres provide the stimulus needed to support a child’s expanding ability to remember. Professor Tracy Alloway elaborates.
Founder Christopher Jolly talks about the history, inspiration and methods used in Jolly Learning.
A learning centre in Gombak founded by multiple-time Miss Malaysia, Deborah Henry, provides displaced Somali refugees access to formal education.
A passport country, a residing country and a third culture for the kids who identify more readily with others in similar circumstances.
Is this the right preschool/ nursery for your child? Read on to know more about the questions you should be asking.