Education and Schools in Kuala Lumpur

The standard of education in Kuala Lumpur is generally very good. The city has an above average literacy rate. Schools in Kuala Lumpur are divided into public, private and international.

Malay is the language of instruction for most subjects at public schools. Therefore, most expats choose to send their children to a private or international school. Bureaucratic obstacles also can play a role in this decision.

Private and international schools in Kuala Lumpur

Expat parents should not struggle to find a school for their child as there is a broad range of private and international schools in Kuala Lumpur from which to choose, catering to speakers of English, French, German and Japanese.

Schools follow the American, British, Australian or International Baccalaureate curricula. Private schools in Malaysia are often religion-based. 

Expats should also consider a number of factors when choosing a school. Education at these schools comes at a high price and parents should factor these costs into any negotiations for their relocation package. Additionally, top schools may have waiting lists, so it’s best to begin the enrolment process as early as possible.

The location of a school is also a vital factor for consideration, as traffic in Kuala Lumpur can lengthen the commute time considerably. Most private and international schools will have a bus service available to students, depending on where they live.