Private schooling getting popular

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With a system that empowers students, more and more Malaysians are putting their children in international schools.

International schools are educational institutions that use international curricula such as the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). These schools normally employ English as the language of instruction, and have traditionally catered to expatriates living in Malaysia.

When the 40% cap on the number of local students allowed to enrol was lifted in 2012, the gates were opened for Malaysians to send their children for an international education without having to send them overseas. This was a huge factor in the doubling of international schools in Malaysia over the past five years – from 57 to 128, according to the International School Consultancy Group1.

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