What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)
Sri Utama International School
In what town or city is this school located?
How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)
Supposedly British with 99% local influence
What grade levels are represented at this school?
Pre-school to O Level
How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)
All kinds of transport
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
School size is okay but lacking in facilities like proper cafeteria, proper hall with stage, proper classroom furniture and proper modern training aids, like computer projector, etc. Best of all the school lacks proper and qualified teachers for international students! Many have no experience in dealing with different cultures. They expect all students to behave like Malaysians, and refuse to understand and accept differences in opinions and certain behaviours. Students who voice out opinions are put down and viewed as rude. Obviously, these teachers have not been trained in teaching methodolgies and social theories from established educationists. The choice of teachers in the school, I think is the MAIN problem.
What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home
country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?
The students just have to adapt on their own. No special programme or even a briefing about what the parents and students can look forward to.
How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?
Not available at all. Parents have problems getting their voices heard. Any complaints or suggestions seem to be 'one ear in the other ear out'. Some teachers are so sarcastic as to laugh off parents' suggestions. The school so far NEVER gets back to parents' complaints or suggestions. The parents have to keep calling them!
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
If you want to experience the local school atmosphere, well, this is the place. Coz teachers are all Malaysians with very few who can speak proper English - how can that be international, I wonder? Well, may be just the students are from various countries. Other than that, parents should do a lot of 'homework' before enrolling their children to this 'backward' school.