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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Fairview International in Penang, Malaysia
Review-of-Fairview International
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Their school facilities are rated as definitely poor as they do not have any reliable facilities as an additional aid to students. They have a library without good materials for student to refer, a computer lab with old malfunction computers, no extra-curricular activities offered i.e. swimming, physical education which are considered as healthy lifestyle education. They are no other foreign languages offered except Mandarin and Malay but they call themselves as international school. They do not have any students counselor especially for year 10 & 11 to assist them in their college/universities search. No proper boarding facilities for outstation students. (Continue)
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IB is a great way to study but Fairview implements it wrongly
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Hello, I love the IB programm. My kids always enjoyed this way of learning/teaching. We are moving to Penang and I was seriously considering enrolling my kids in Fairview. The bad comments are mostly about other Fairview schools. What about Penang in particular? I would have the choice basically between St Christopher and Fairview. In St Christopher, my kids would not be learning a second language if I understood well. Would love to read your recommendations. Thanks
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Info about Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in Penang, Malaysia
Info-about-Penang
Describe your group.
12 Step Programme. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
This is out of date. the meetings are at 7.30pm every Monday Thursday and Saturday. The contact no is 0164048582. Everybody welcome. Patrick
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Tenby International School, Penang in Penang, Malaysia
Review-of-Tenby International School, Penang
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Only one word to describe the facilities - poor, there are no decent outside sports facilities, science labs are ok but library, art room and other specialist rooms are poor. However school is moving to new site in September 2011 with purpose built facilities ( I can vouch for this I have been to see the construction). Assuming it is ready facilities should be much better then. (Continue)
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Worst Maths teacher (Victor), experience but has poor teaching methods and lazy to mark student work, my daughter is currently at year 11, she learned nothing from him, I need to send her for tuition class. I heard some parents had made complains but no action was taken by the management.
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The new Tenby School will be located in Tanjung Bungah on a larger campus and new buildings. It is built by the Boon Siew Group and rented to Tenby School. If the School get its act secured properly with DEDICATED WELL-TRAINED CARING TEACHERS, then Tenby will out stripped other International Schools in Penang as far as location, fees and quality are concerned. Presently, the school is of mediocre standards! Students are not taught the BASICS in their subjects, rather taught just to pass the exams. Recently, in the local newspaper on the Education section, the headline: "When "A" is average." That is the prevailing standards in our present Education!
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Penang, Malaysia
Moving-to-Penang
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Try to find a place in a touristy area. It's safer that way. Also consider proximity to supermarket, food stalls, restaurants and shopping. Forget about taking the bus. Taxis are very convenient. (Continue)
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Much too brief!
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Expat Report Jobs in Penang, Malaysia was published
Jobs-in-Penang
What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?
Start planning your next destination as soon as you arrive at your current. Always ensure that you don't stagnate in one country hen there are so many opportunities out there. The best way to find a job is to research your line of work, find companies/organisations and apply directly. (Continue)

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