Education and Schools in Kuala Lumpur
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The standard of education in Kuala Lumpur is generally very good and expat parents should not struggle to find a good school for their children.
Schools in Kuala Lumpur are divided into public, private and international. Malay is the language of instruction for most subjects at public schools. Therefore, most expats choose to send their children to a private or international school. Bureaucratic obstacles can also play a role in this decision.
Private and international schools in Kuala Lumpur
There is a broad range of private and international schools in Kuala Lumpur catering to the diverse population of expats that call the city home.
International schools mostly follow the American, British, Australian or International Baccalaureate curricula. Private schools in Malaysia follow the Malaysian curriculum and have English as the language of instruction. Many private schools also offer faith-based learning.
Expats should consider a number of factors when choosing a school in Kuala Lumpur. Education at both private and international schools comes at a high price and parents should factor these costs into any negotiations for their relocation package. Additionally, top schools may have waiting lists, so it’s best to begin the enrolment process as early as possible.
The location of a school is also a vital factor to consider, as traffic in Kuala Lumpur can lengthen the commute time considerably. Most private and international schools will have a bus service available to students, depending on where they live.