Aug 27 2014

Secondary School Choices In Malaysia

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It’s the time of the year where parents of Standard 6 students are in cross roads again. It’s time to decide where to let their children to further their studies as choices can be aplenty. Well, often parents don’t wait until this last moment to make decision. Often than not, they have already make up their mind much earlier, as early as when the students are still in Std 5.

Let’s see what option we have in Malaysia

1) Be a true blue homeschooler. Self study at home. Be it unshooling or setting up/joining a coop
2) What commonly known as homeschool centres. It’s more appropriate to call them learning centre or resource centre. Usually classes carried out in shop lots and fees ranging around RM700-RM800 a month. These learning centres are gaining popularity rapidly the last two years
3) Private schools
4) International schools
5) Chinese Independent Schools
6) Public Schools

It’s interesting to note that even in our public schools, there are many categories of it.

- Sekolah Akademik (sekolah harian or berasrama penuh/full boarding) . In this category, it can split into
>Elite Schools
>Cluster Schools
>Sekolah Menengah Mubaligh : The missionary schools of the British Colonial days , like Convent, St Anthony,
Methodist, Ave Maria, St Michael etc
>SMJK:Malaysian Chinese conforming schools classified as Government-aided schools. Where 95% of the students are from
Chinese primary schools. Chinese principal running the schools.
>Sekolah Bestari
>Sekolah Wawasan
>Sekolah Amanah
>Sekolah Berprestasi Tinggi

-Sekolah menengah teknik dan vokasional
-Sekolah Seni
-Sekolah Sukan
-Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM) – Which they offer IGCSE for form 1 students

- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama (Islamic Religious School)

Of all these public schools, it’s common for students to be assigned to any normal academic day schools (including SMJK and former missionary schools) near where they stay.  Those with excellent academic result can put in application to get a place in cluster schools. As for the other subcategory public schools especially like the Mara Junior science college, it’s a little hard for non bumiputra to get in. As there is always a quota for non bumi students. And of course religious schools is also out of our options.

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