Malaysia is a popular destination for expatriates due to its affordable housing, quality healthcare and reasonable cost of living. Expatriate families who relocate to Malaysia also have a variety of international schools to choose from. There are now over 140 international schools in Malaysia where a majority of them are concentrated in the Klang Valley, Johor and Penang. Originally catered to expatriate children only, international schools now accept both expatriate and local children.
There are several types of international schools that parents can find in Malaysia. There are established international schools which have been operating for more than 30 years; schools built by mega property developers and schools which are an extension of higher education groups. There are also a number of British boarding schools and mission schools in Malaysia. In addition, many local private schools now offer international curricula.
As there are many international schools available, it is important for parents to be familiar with the international school scene in Malaysia and shortlist schools based on their needs and requirements. Some of the factors to consider are location, history and accreditation, teacher credentials, class size, curriculum offered, facilities and extracurricular activities. Besides that, parents are encouraged to find out all the fees that are charged to make sure that the school is within their budget. Parents can gather the information they need from school websites, Open Days and international school fairs.
Since 2012, Mint Communications have been connecting parents and their children with international schools through the Private & International School Fairs. The fairs have been an avenue for parents to speak to international school representatives in a convenient location. These fairs have now become a regular biannual feature for parents in the Klang Valley. The fairs are also held once a year in Johor and Penang.
The 12th Private & International School Fair 2018 in Kuala Lumpur will be held at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre on 3 & 4 November 2018. The fair is expected to attract over 15,000 visitors who consist of parents and school-going children looking for information on international schools in Malaysia and overseas. According to co-founder and director of Mint Communications, Ms Nickie Yew, “The upcoming fair will feature leading international schools, preschools, pre-university providers and special educational needs centres from Malaysia and beyond. We hope parents who attend the fair are able to find the information they need to choose the best school for their children.
Exhibitors at the upcoming fair include Asia Pacific Schools, Epsom College in Malaysia, GEMS International School, HELP International School, King Henry VIII College, Kingsgate International School, Kingsley International School, MAHSA International School, Peninsula International School Australia, Rafflesia International & Private Schools, Sayfol International School, St. Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia, Taylor’s International School and Westlake International School among others. For the complete list of exhibitors, please visit www.pisf.asia
At the fair, children aged 12 and below can participate in exciting workshops and activities in the Learning is Fun segment over the weekend. They can take part in magic shows, coding workshops, performing arts workshops and musical performances. Children also have the opportunity to improve their science, mathematics and English skills. Admission is free. The complete schedule of activities is available on www.pisf.asia.
The 2018/2019 edition of the Education Destination Malaysia: Guide to International & Private Schools will also be on sale at a discounted price. The guidebook contains detailed information on schools, helpful articles, infographics and comparative charts. Published annually by Mint Communications, the Education Destination Malaysia guidebook is a useful resource for parents who are looking for international schools.
Event details at a glance:
12th Private & International School Fair in Kuala Lumpur
Date : 3 – 4 Nov 2018 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time : 11.00am – 7.00pm
Venue : Mid Valley Exhibition Centre
Register for the fair today at: http://www.privateinternationalschoolfair.com/fair/12th-private-international-school-fair-in-kuala-lumpur