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This section provides many useful features on the ECCE programmes in Malaysia, public academic schools curriculum and co-corricular activities, study opportunities at private schools and international schools, technical education, special needs education, teacher education and some useful education statistics.

The National Education System at a Glance

Generally, the Malaysian education structure can be divided into pre-tertiary and tertiary education levels.

Previously, there were two governing authorities in education: the pre-tertiary education sector (from pre-school to secondary education and teacher education) was placed under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education (MOE), while the higher education sector came under the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). In May 2013, the the two ministries were merged as one entity and named the Ministry of Education Malaysia (or Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia in Malay).

Source: Chap 1, Schools of Malaysia Directory 4th Ed.



Study Opportunities at International Schools

International schools started as schools that serve the needs of the expatriate population but in recent years, many parents have started to consider international schools for their children. Because international schools provide one of many internationally recognised curriculums, e.g. International Baccalaureate, British, American or Australian, it prepares students to ultimately gain entry into undergraduate programmes at top universities in the world.

Source: Chap 5, Schools of Malaysia Directory 4th Ed.



Studying Opportunities at Private Schools

The private sector plays an important role in pre-tertiary education. There are many private schools set up by the private sector especially in urban areas and these schools offer pre-school, primary and secondary education for a fee. Some even offer post-secondary education. Private education is well-rooted in the Malaysian education system and the history of private education in Malaysia can be traced way back to the 1950s.

Source: Chap 6, Schools of Malaysia Directory 4th Ed.



A Teenager's Future Path - Which Direction Should They Take ?

The choices facing teenagers may seem endless for some while others may think they have a fewer options than they actually do. That is why parents continue to play an important role in helping their children find a strong sense of direction. Although this is not an easy task, there are many ways in which parents can guide their children.

Source: Chap 9, Schools of Malaysia Directory 4th Ed.



Malaysian School Education System

Every child is precious and children are assets to our society. They are the most valuable resource of the nation. I believe that developing a nation and its people begins with early childhood education. While it is the duty of parents to ensure a child has the opportunities to develop, it is also the government's responsibility to help parents bring the potential to fruition. In developing a child's potential, we are in reality developing the human capital of the child and of the nation. In carrying out this task, we are enabling the child to grow holistically so that the child is equipped with abilities, knowledge and skills to become a productive member of the nation.

Source: Chap 1, Schools of Malaysia Directory 3rd Ed.



Training Programmes for Providers of Early Childcare Education and Development

Childcare services in Malaysia come under the Child Care Centre Act 1984 which sets the minimal standards and regulations required. Previously, childcare providers generally did not require academic or professional qualifi cations and their role was regarded more of a child minder than an educator.

Source: Chap 2, Schools of Malaysia Directory 3rd Ed.



The Public Schooling System - for Primary, Secondary and Post-secondary Levels

The Ministry of Education (MOE) is responsible for the provision of education at pre-tertiary level (i.e. pre-school, primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, but does not include tertiary level) for children of schooling age. The law that regulates the provision of this level of education is the Education Act 1996.

Source: Chap 3, Schools of Malaysia Directory 3rd Ed.



Studying At Private Schools

The private sector plays an important role in pre-tertiary education. There are many private schools set up by the private sector especially in urban areas and these schools offer pre-school, primary and secondary education for a fee. Some even offer post-secondary education. Private education is well-rooted in the Malaysian education system and the history of private education in Malaysia can be traced way back to the 1950s.

Source: Chap 10, Schools of Malaysia Directory 3rd Ed.



Study Opportunities At International Schools

The private sector plays an important role in pre-tertiary education. There are many private schools set up by the private sector especially in urban areas and these schools offer pre-school, primary and secondary education for a fee. Some even offer post-secondary education. Private education is well-rooted in the Malaysian education system and the history of private education in Malaysia can be traced way back to the 1950s.

Source: Chap 11, Schools of Malaysia Directory 3rd Ed.