Published by SchoolAdvisor on Apr 11, 2018, 03:30 AM
What sets international schools apart from public or private schools in Malaysia is the academic curriculum used. International schools will likely follow a curriculum that’s different from that of the host country. There are over a hundred international schools in Malaysia, and each offers different curricula to suit students’ needs.
Deciding on one school can take a lot of time and be rather stressful. With so many options to choose from, it is understandable if you don’t know where to even begin. What exactly does each curriculum have to offer that’s different from the others?
Never fear! We at SchoolAdvisor.my have compiled a comprehensive list to help you understand each curriculum in detail and find out about the most sought-after schools in Malaysia.
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a component of the International Baccalaureate (IB) intended for primary school students. In the PYP, students learn how to take control of their learning, collaborating with teachers to deepen their learning, increase confidence and develop self-motivation.
Following the PYP, students will move on to the Middle Years Programme (MYP) at the age of 12 before pursuing the IB Diploma programme.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC), offered by Cambridge, is a stepping stone for primary school students to advance to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) at the secondary level. It is a goal-oriented curriculum that focuses on three main aspects: students’ subject goals, personal goals and international learning goals.
More often than not, select international schools in Malaysia integrate the teachings of the IPC and English national curriculum as they have many similarities and combined benefits.
International schools that utilise this curriculum follow the same curriculum implemented in schools across the United Kingdom. Its emphasis is on teaching students to learn by questioning, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking instead of the mere retention of facts. This provides them with valuable analytical and critical thinking skills that they will need in the working world.
Many international schools in Malaysia integrate the teachings of the IPC and English national curriculum as they have many similarities and combined benefits.
Unlike the British curriculum, there is no ‘national’ or standardised curriculum in the United States. Thus, international schools in Malaysia that use the American curriculum often follow the more broadly based subject approach of IB programmes, such as the PYP at the elementary level, the MYP at the middle school level and IB Diploma Programme at the high school level.
There are also some common principles across the US education system, such as encouraging students to make defining choices at younger ages.
There are several international schools throughout Malaysia that use the national curriculum from other countries. Examples include:
For a full list of alternative curricula offered in Malaysian international schools, click here.
IGCSE was developed by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) as an international equivalent of the O-Level or GCSE in the UK. The IGCSE is a follow-up to the ICP or the English national curriculum at primary level.
The IGCSE curriculum in Malaysia typically prepares you for the stage after secondary school, which is enrolling in a pre-university programme such as A-Levels or the IB Diploma.
The IB Diploma programme aims to develop well-rounded, self-motivated and goal-driven students who not only focus on academics but also venture into projects beyond the classroom. Students ruminate on the nature of knowledge, fulfil independent research and take on a project that typically involves community service.
The IB Diploma is generally accepted for university entrance in many countries including the UK, the US and various private universities across Malaysia.
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