INTERNATIONAL schools are an attractive option for parents because of the use of English as the main medium of instruction and the international curriculum that is holistic, more interactive and encourages critical thinking.
In addition, international schools have better facilities and adopt the latest classroom technology and management systems to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
Therefore, it is not surprising that international school education may come with a hefty price. Cost is often a major factor for parents in determining the choice of school for the children. However, Malaysia offers a wide range of international schools to meet different requirements.
Each school has a different fee structure so it is important to understand the various types of fees that will be charged. The tuition or school fees make up most of the cost of an international education.
Schools may also charge an application fee which is usually non-refundable when submitting an application as well as a non-refundable registration fee upon confirmation of enrolment.
A refundable security deposit which is equivalent to one term’s fee is also usually required. This deposit often needs to be topped up as the tuition fees increase every year.
Schools may also require a building or development fee to cover the costs of physical improvements or expansion of school facilities. Other costs include textbooks, school uniform, field trips, extra-curricular activities and transportation.
To find out more, visit the 4th Private & International School Fair to be held at Hotel Jen Penang from 12pm to 5pm this Sunday.
Organised by Mint Communications Sdn Bhd, the event’s admission is free.
Parents will be able to find a suitable school for children of all ages since most of the schools offer preschool right up to pre-university education.
The exhibitors include The International School of Penang (Uplands), GEMS International School, Pelita International School, Prince of Wales Island International School and Straits International School.
Also participating are Tenby Schools, Fairview International School, Epsom College in Malaysia, UCSI International School – Springhill, Kolej Yayasan Saad Melaka and Kolej Yayasan UEM (KYUEM).
Making their presence felt are also Q-dees Worldwide Edusystem, Gymboree Play & Music and Visual Math Interactive.
Sponsors such as Montpelier and Chocolate Passion will also be present.
Another advantage of visiting the fair is that visitors will be able to get a copy of the latest edition of the Education Destination Malaysia, a comprehensive guidebook that showcases the full spectrum of international schools in Malaysia as well as instructional articles by education experts at a discounted price.
Visitors who register at www.Private-InternationalSchoolFair.com before the event will be able to bypass the queue and receive a complimentary goody bag.