WHAT makes an international school truly international?
Eaton International School chief executive officer Datuk Felician Teo believes its teachers play a role.
“There are some international schools which use ternational curriculum but most of their teachers are locals.
“It doesn’t mean local teachers can’t teach an international curriculum but they are not trained or certified to do so,” he said during a press conference last week before the launching of the school’s new campus in Jade Hills, Kajang.
The school currently sits in an interim campus with an occupancy of 400 students.
A collaboration with Gamuda Land, Eaton International School will open its new campus in September and hopes to have at least 600 students for the new school year.
It has a British curriculum and at the same time, offers Chinese Language and Bahasa Malaysia to all students.
Founded in 2013, Eaton Interna-tional School’s first phase is able to accommodate up to 1,200 students.
“We are focused on being a full fledged international school.
“Not only do we offer an international curriculum, but our teachers are expatriate teachers,” said Teo.
Aside from having mostly expat teachers, the school adopts an international ethos.
Students from preschool, primary and secondary levels are offered a variety of co-curricular activities such as fencing, taekwondo and drama.
Deputy Education Minister Senator Chong Sin Woon who launched the school campus, congratulated Gamuda Land and the international school.
“I hope that both parties will take their collaboration further to develop more opportunities to benefit the local community,” he said.
Chong said international schools in the country have mushroomed from 34 in 2006 to 116 this year.
He said these schools served as an alternative for parents who can afford them.