To ensure their children remain competitive in the increasingly borderless world, more and more Malaysian parents are opting for international and private education for their children. However, these schools do not come for cheap.
In 2012, the Malaysian government has eliminated the quota for Malaysian enrolment at international schools. Due to the quota and the lack of affordable options, only selected affluent Malaysians could afford to send their children to these schools previously.
The 2012 decision to remove the quota has opened the floodgates and more international schools are mushrooming all over the country. According to the latest data by the International School Consultancy Group (ISC), a UK-based organisation, there are currently 99 English-medium international schools in the country, with a total of 39,460 students.
The market has been growing at a rate of 19% per annum for the past five years, and it is showing no signs of stagnation.
Based on latest findings, 40% of the students in these premium schools are local Malaysians, 9% British, 6% South Korean and 4% American.
How expensive are these premium schools really? We have collated the top 10 most expensive international schools in the country and this is how much you will have to fork out to send your child to these schools from nursery all the way till graduation:
10. Fairview International School
Total Fees: RM554,060.00(From Reception to Grade 13)
Fairview International School was formed by a group of parents in 1978, aimed to provide children from the age of four with an education of the highest standard using English as the medium of instruction.
From an initial enrolment of just 29 students, Fairview has over 2,000 students from different nations.
An International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools, Fairview looks beyond the intellectual development of students but also nurture their physical, social and emotional well-being. The school adopts creative pedagogical instruments such as Tony Buzan’s mind maps, Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats and Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences. Fairview does not just put importance in academics but instilling the love of learning in the children.