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Parent's Review of Tenby International School, Setia Eco Park in Shah Alam, Malaysia

What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)

Tenby International School, Setia Eco Park

In what town or city is this school located?

Shah Alam

How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)

British National Curriculum

What grade levels are represented at this school?

Nursery - Y11

How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)

The COO once told the parents that he had his staff stand outside and count the number of cars that enter the school everyday...the average was 626 cars. School buses are available but there are no safety measures in there (seat belts) so I think that's why most parents make the effort to do the school run themselves. The parents and drivers they employ generally have no regard for anyone else leave alone children and the traffic in and out of the school is an absolute nightmare as no one ever listens.

How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?

Extra-curricular (CCA) activities are available but run very badly. The number of decently run activities are those that have external coaches ( basketball, teak kwan to name a few). Most of the others are run very badly. I know of many parents who have withdrawn their children from CCA's and the school hasn't bothered to even enquire why.

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 school does nothing to help children adopt from one curriculum to the other. The 95% of the teaching staff are unqualified so with unqualified teachers come the complete lack of knowledge and experience. This school is probably a "last option" for any parent who would even want to consider any International School.

How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?

There is NO Parent Association. Parents are viewed as "nuisance", "trouble makers" or "pressure group" by the senior management of the school, take your pick. Don't bother wasting time, breath, energy and most importantly your hard earned money on the school.

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?

Be prepared for unqualified teachers, rude principal, made to buy books that will never be used, inadequate teaching happening in class and spending a mini fortune on "tuition" as this is the norm of parents in the school. If you still want to "consider" the school after knowing all this... Good luck to you!

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guest
Jul 14, 2011 23:39

I totally agree! School only has nice hardware but software is lousy. School has grown 3x but admin staff struggling with the numbers! Teacher are below expectation. Still bringing in new teachers at exam year... So exam year students suffer as no continuity from Yr 10. Syllabus not completed b4 mock exams which leaves littly time for revision towards the end. Initial 1st batch of good teachers had left... Core subject teachers eg. Maths was shocking! Couldn't string a sentence of English during PTA mtg. He was supposed to be dismissed at end of 2010 academic Yr but was reinstated because could find a replacement! Still have to fork out extra min $1k per month for tuition coz too late to change school. It is true that principal is rude but actually PROUD is a better description of her. Because she came from GIS, I expected her to bring along GIS model with her. After 3 yrs, still no sign of implementing enrichment programs like duke of edinbrough awards. Not sure what principal is doing but she needs 2 vice principals to assist her. School claims a lot of glory from students' achievements eg. Student with award for best Malay & Chinese language in the world! This students are super achievers even before joining the school and would have achieved these awards irregardless of what schools they go to. Basically, Tenby is a big let down.... It.s amazing there' s so many on the queue dying for a place!

guest
Sep 30, 2011 08:36

If you can't take a firm principal and expect a principal who would accommodate to everything you want, then you have come to the wrong school. I admire the principal because she stands firm and we have been extremely happy with Tenby and our daughter has been there for 3 years. She has flourished into an amazing girl in the time she's been there. By the way, our daughter was educated in the Singapore education system so we are very familiar with high standards of teaching that works. When she took the international tests, she scored well. We hear of many parents who try to take things into their own hands and want the school run the way they want to be run. These parents fortunately have taken their children away from Tenby, for the best of Tenby and the school at large. Thanks for not being part of the education system, dear parents. Good luck to the next school who will have to take your crap. Perhaps spending more time developing your own children than blame the school for not doing the job of educating your child which is really ultimately your responsibility first.

guest
Oct 22, 2011 00:46

I have had kids in TIS since the school first started, and have been seeing through the good and bad, through all the up and down situations. We are happy with everything except the COO, who can't manage the international school with an open mind, especially when TIS is specifically an international school, not a national or chinese school. Most teachers are good, based on what I have heard through my children. They have even spent extra hours after school before their exams, to give any extra help they've needed. Regarding the extra tuition taken outside of school, Tenby cannot be blamed for that. Not all children are talented, and some need the extra help to achieve the desired grades. It is not abnormal. Two of my children in the secondary school do not take any tuition for English and Sciences, but they have been doing very well. The mathematics department is very capable, and even knowing so, I send my children for mathematics tuition because they may not be as strong in that area. I believe we must understand our kids' capability, to decide whether they should or should not take extra tuition classes. There are very few teachers who are weaker at exposing our children to the international schools' standards and education scheme. Overall, my kids are very happy in TIS and I am satisfied with the results TIS has helped my children achieve.

guest
Oct 24, 2011 04:58

I totally agree with all the above

guest
Mar 14, 2012 13:57

We are bitterly disappointed about the school and utterly sad because among other things such as :- * TIS expressed to everyone that their organisation is a Non-Profit one built on founder’s love for his child(who has since passed away) to educate students with international programs, but had impressed on parents of their “no increase in fees” for foreseeable future by the mgmt. Alas, in the 3rd year of Operation in TIS Setia Eco Park campus, fees were raised RM 900-RM1K annually & its keeps going up since then; * Increase in fees does not correspond into better human resource~ie better teachers. TIS hired local substitutes in replacing the expats that had left after their initial 3-yr contract is over; The quality of substitutes is not up to par with expat teachers. I was told initally there were 40:60 ratio of expats vs locals. Nowadays, if you are in school, the number is so much lesser. So, it can be said Tenby is becoming a “Chinese style runned ” school with international & local KBSR syallabus; *The School Mktg dept impressed on prospective parents that TIS has obtained services of teachers from other well-known Intern.Sch’s in the country, but what they did NOT bring into TIS are the best practices / methods to make the school shine ~ once we were in, we found out that it was just like any other local-privately runned intern.sch’s- making money is their priority ;

guest
Sep 25, 2012 11:46

Initially we were happy with the school but then the can of worms began to open. Exposure to the Herr Director, a typical 'china man' who has no idea about the ethos of an international school and who seems intent on making as much money as possible. Parents are really a nuisance and God forbid if one were to have an opinion on how your children should be educated or treated. The fact that there is still no PTA - due to stone walling by the Board who want to have the veto power, says rather alot about the lack of tansparency and heavy handedness of the school management. I agree with many of the comments about the teachers. Some teachers are really wonderful but then recently in the new academic year there have been some recruits, young and inexperienced without any clue as to how to teach. Of course we parents pay the fees and our children suffer. The lady boss (principal) will wax lyric about tuition not being necessary but the way I see it, it has become essential to ensure the children are up to par. I come from a British education system and abhor the tuition system in this country but of course it is necessary when you have a failing education system and I can see elements of that in this school. On the whole the school started out well but it seems to be going down the road of becoming a Chinese international school, now with the dropping of the malaysian quota I don't expect it will get any better.

guest
Sep 27, 2012 07:55

This school has its good and bad points. Its good points : nice location, nice campus (though some work needed); some good teachers particularly the expats; the intermingling of the students from different racial backgrounds (though it seems to be predominantly more and more Chinese, a little worrying as expectations will be different); some good work done by teachers; sports is getting better and kids going relatively well; other CCA activities available The bad things: no parent teacher association - reluctance to set one up the attitude of management particularly to parents who might voice any dissatisfaction unprofessionalism of some teachers who still have the Malaysian school mentality the heavy reliance by a large majority of parents on outside tuition for all year levels - something is really wrong with the school if this is happening the ever increasing fee hikes, the school was once cheap but not anymore parents are charged for all sorts of things the CCA is very expensive when compared with outside prices, the attitude is obviously well the parents can afford it, stuff it to them! some of the management are rude administration are inefficient and quite unfriendly and unhelpful, it's as if they are doing you a favour by attending to you (Remember we parents are paying your salary) they could smile now and again. All in all, if I lived somewhere else and had more money, I would NOT choose this school for my kids.

guest
May 22, 2013 23:30

What have been written and reported here are absolutely true as after one semester, I have decided to withdraw my son's enrolment with this school. Be prepared to deal with so called Year leaders who are sleeping on job and lowly qualified teachers who may not know how to pronounce English words but who are teaching the language. You can hardly find the principal when you need to. The issue here is one of poor leadership.

guest
Jul 27, 2013 08:35

My children and I have been very happy with Tenby .If you can afford to pay 100% more you should go to the more expensive schools ,but you will not get 100% better. And if you are a Mom who wants to be 100% apart of your childs school you should go somewhere else. There is now a parents committee ,which is good in some ways but I think their high demands are what brings the school fees up .

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