International Schooling believes in quality education.
International Schooling believes in quality education for one and all. When we discussed the concept and foundation structure of International Schooling with some of the Malaysian educators, we received a very encouraging ‘thumbs up’. They were of the view that although the concept shall hold its stead globally, it is all the more relevant for Malaysian youth. A large chunk of Malaysian students are keen to look for higher-education options overseas. However, due to the paucity of right information and knowledge at the right time, some of them do not make the cut. This in turn has a wider impact on the total ‘Educational Quotient’ of Malaysia. What the students require is an option that helps them acquire knowledge, skills and acceptance. With the higher education space becoming a more global scenario, and universities and colleges from all over the world looking at Malaysian shores for students, it is imperative that International Schooling concept be implemented in Malaysia soon.
In Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu, International Schooling conducted 2 dedicated Focussed Group Discussions with a sample set of 100 and 80 parents respectively. These parents were from different academic backgrounds and work-profiles. During the discussion, we were keen to figure out 3 important issues:
1) What factors would make a Malaysian parent prefer a global education over an indigenous one?
2) What are the drawbacks of educating your child at home vs sending her/him to a regular school?
3) What components should be imbibed in education system to keep the parents updated with their ward’s performance?
The insights that we gained from the exercise helped us to understand Malaysian education system better. It also provided us a thorough understanding of the various factors that the Malaysian parents consider important, before choosing the schooling options for their wards. The exercise was far from over yet.
In another similar endeavour at the same two venues, we were involved in a 2 day workshop with students this time. It helped us to figure out the synergies and gaps between the aspirations and requirements of students and the aspirations of their parents regarding their wards’ careers. A large number of students wanted greater freedom in learning and assessment. On the contrary, the parents desired greater monitoring of the child’s performance and a more regulated approach to their studies. A mother of twin daughters who were studying in Grade IX remarked “I am extremely comfortable with giving my daughters more space and freedom of learning, as long as I am sure that the education system makes them learn better on its own.”