July 27, 2017
We all have heard of the British, Australian and American curriculum being offered in various international schools in Malaysia. However, did you also know that there is an array of alternative curriculum offered by some schools as well?
There is a rising number of parents who are looking beyond the British, Australian and American curriculum for various reasons including learning a second language and access to free or very reasonably priced university education in countries like France and Germany. Let’s take a look at the curriculum and schools.
The Global Indian International School offers Indian and international curriculums from Kindergarten to Year 12 including the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and a Global Montessori Plus programme. To enrol, students are evaluated with an aptitude test as part of the admissions process. Children aged three and below are tested through an interactive session while those aged four are required to attend an interaction session along with a reading and writing assignment. Subsequently, students from Years 1 to 11 are required to pass a written test to fulfil the school’s entry requirements.
The German School of Kuala Lumpur is a non-profit private institution providing education for students from kindergarten right through to secondary school. The school is supported by the Central Organisation of German Schools Abroad and is recognised by the Conference of the Ministers of Culture of the Federal Republic of Germany. With this recognition, report cards and final exams are recognised in the same way as all German public schools. Once students have finished secondary school, they will have three important certifications stating they have passed the Year 9 and 10 examinations and the important German University Entrance Qualification (Deutsches Internationales Abitur).
In line with advocating French academics, Lycée Français Henri Fauconnier has been affiliated with the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) since 1990 and offers the official French curriculum, which means that students can continue their education at any French school in France or overseas. The easiest and most effective way for a child to become bilingual is being immersed in the language, as it’s not a requirement to know French to begin studying here. The French system is rather academic and prepares students well for the rigours of tertiary education, and with French universities being free for everyone (some do charge a nominal fee which is a fraction of what you would pay in the UK), this is a good option for an international education.
As one of the unique features, JSKL operates the English education twice a week for all grades in the Primary and Secondary. Students in one class are divided into 3 groups based on their English proficiency and all the classes are taught by teachers of native speakers. Besides that, the school also conducts extra-curriculum activities called Circle Activity.
These activities such as Soccer, Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball and Brass band are remarkable among the Japanese Schools located overseas, as students at the school have been challenged to train themselves through physically and mentally through the activities. Also, as a part of the international education, JSKL interacts with other international schools and local schools in Malaysia targeting on widening their views.