Education and Schools in Kuala Lumpur
Schools in Kuala Lumpur are divided into public, private and international schools. Due to numerous factors, including the language barrier and bureaucratic obstacles of enrolment at public schools, the majority of expats living in Kuala Lumpur choose to send their children to a private or international school.
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 to choose from. However, education at these schools comes at a high price and parents should factor these costs into any negotiations for their relocation package. Fees at international schools in Malaysia can range between RM 30,000 and RM 60,000. Some schools also expect a non-refundable application fee of around RM 1,200, as well as a non-refundable enrolment fee of around RM 25,000, before the child has even enrolled in the school.
The top schools may also have waiting lists, so it’s best to begin the enrolment process as early as possible. When choosing a school it is important to consider the location of the school as traffic in Kuala Lumpur can bring life to a standstill at times and, even though some schools may seem relatively close to the office or home, they may be inaccessible during peak traffic.