The international schools market in Malaysia
There has been an influx of local students attending international schools in Malaysia as of 2012 when the government lifted the 40 percent cap, legally allowing these schools to enroll as many Malaysian students as they want. In the more established schools as much as half the student population is Malaysian. This lifting of the cap also spurred the interest and growth in the number of international institutions including British public schools like Epsom and Marlborough. The well-known international schools here are located in the bigger cities (Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh, Johor Baru) where there is both a burgeoning part of local society who want their children to attend this type of school, as well as an expatriate community.
The main reasons nonexpatriate parents gave for wanting to send their children to an international school went from wanting them to improve their English and to prepare them to study abroad, to wanting to expose them to a global culture and give them the opportunity to experience all the extra-curricular activities and sports that state schools don’t often offer.