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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What are the schools in Kuala Lumpur like?

"If you dont mind buying a music instrument for your child-as it is compulsory to learn an instrument (violin/cello/trumpet/trombone/fluye) This school claims to use the IB syllabus from grade 1 - diploma; but then it is rather confusing especially for secondary kids as they will sit for igcse paper in grade 10. There's nothing fantastic about this school really," remarked another parent with kids at Fairview international school in Kuala lumpur.

"Garden is generally a good school, but very commercial, school doe not really care about individual kid, which is obviously seen from the way they treat kids with special need. Much higher (than other international schools) percentage of local business men's kids are there (could range up to 40~50%) and some of those kids were taught by their parents not to get involved with expat kids as those expats might leave anytime and waste time in making friends with them," explained one expat living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

"If you want to experience the local school atmosphere and you are looking for a way to waste your money,well, this is the IDEAL place. I highly doubt most of the fees paid are used to improve education for the student. All the money seems to be sucked by the owners themselves. Also some teachers are Malaysians who can't even 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 "Forever Backward, Always Behind" school," said another parent with children at Sri Utama International School in Kuala Lumpur.

"Great community school on one campus, academically rigorous but with the holistic approach of developing every child to reach their potential by creating so many opportunities," commented one expat when asked about Australian International School Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

"I would advise them not to put their kids there. We did because it was convenient and close to where we lived but it was a bad decision - poor teaching, poor results in the IB exams, no discipline...all in all a bad experience," explained one expat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with kids at Mont Kiara International.

"Don't delay, the balance of fun and top-end academics is incredible. A broad range of IB and AP subjects available. Strong emphasis on inquiry-based learning and formative assessment (not just summative snapshots); high parental involvement. Best pedagogy implementation I have seen in an international school," wrote an expat living in kuala lumpur with children attending Iskl (International School of Kuala lumpur.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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