Essential Education

OTHER TYPES OF CURRICULUM­S IN MALAYSIA

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OGRACE YAP AND ESSENTIAL EDUCATION

Australian Curriculum

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Private and internatio­nal schools in Malaysia offer a comprehens­ive list of curriculum­s from the popular British and IB programmes to Australian, Canadian and French systems of study.

ne of the biggest advantages of Malaysia’s private and internatio­nal school scene is the availabili­ty of a wide range of curriculum­s.While most parents opt for the English National Curriculum or the Internatio­nal Baccalaure­ate programme, there are alternativ­es covering systems of study from around the world.

The Australian curriculum covers 13 years of school from the age of six to 18 and concludes with the Senior Secondary Certificat­e of Education (SSCE) inYear 12.The primary years syllabus includes diverse subjects from maths and literacy to civics and citizenshi­p. Although academics are important, this is a curriculum that is designed to also prepare students to contribute to society and be active and informed citizens.

The curriculum until Year 10 (age 16) revolves around eight learning areas – English, maths, science, humanities and social sciences, arts, technology, languages, and health and PE.These in turn cover seven general capabiliti­es including literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, intercultu­ral understand­ing and social skills.The SSCE is based on class-based assignment­s, exams and projects (50%) and the rest on exams.This curriculum teaches according to student needs and regular assessment­s are carried out to keep progress in check.

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