The in­ter­na­tional schools mar­ket in Malaysia

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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.

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