A couple of weeks ago, I had written about the need for the government of the day, to regulate International schools.

No, we are not afraid of competition, but rather our worst nightmare has always been that the laissez-faire attitude of the government in allowing International Schools ( and in some cases those masquerading​ to be international schools) to mushroom is actually starting to diminish the value of private education.

I am happy and pleased to note, good sence has finally prevailed, and that the government is going to impose some quality control.

The Malay Mail has the story. Read below :

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — The Ministry of Education is reviewing the approval criteria in approving new international school licences to ensure that the quality of education is not compromised in the setting up of international schools, according to the National Transformation Programme Annual Report 2016 which was released yesterday.

It said that Malaysia had so far been successful in attracting the establishment of international schools with a current count of 116 international schools against a target of 87 by 2020.

In this regard, more effort needs to be taken to increase enrolment into these schools to meet the 75,000 students target.

“International schools were advised to market themselves by establishing unique selling propositions or adjusting their fee structure to encourage additional enrolment,” it said.

In the higher education space, continuous dialogues and discussions have been held with relevant parties in the education industry to problem solve matters that inhibit efforts to position Malaysia both locally and internationally as a competitive education destination of choice.

With vibrant education offerings, Malaysia’s education sector has been identified as a key export area by the National Export Council chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak.