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The Malaysian Education System


The Malaysian government provides free education at primary and secondary level. Primary and secondary educations as well as the higher education system are regulated by the Ministry of Education and Higher Learning.
There are two different types of primary schools run by the Government. Aside from "normal" government schools, there are also "vernacular" schools offering Chinese or Tamil as the basic language of instruction.
Secondary school is offered in: national schools, religious schools and national Chinese or Tamil-type schools.
Almost all Malaysian students wear school uniforms that are standardized across the country.
The Malaysian school system is structured as follows:
• Optional kindergarten (age 3-6). There are few government-run kindergartens in Malaysia, most of them are private.

• Compulsory Primary School (7-12) is divided into two phases of three years each, at the end of which elementary students must pass the Primary School Achievement Test.

• Secondary education (13-17 years) is divided into lower secondary (3 years) and upper secondary (two years) ending in a standardized test. There are two different final tests, depending on whether the student was attending the last two years in the technical high school / academic or the professional branch.
• Post-secondary education (age 17-18) prepares students who want to attend college.
• College Education


School hours and holidays


The school year begins in Malaysia in January and lasts till the third week of November. The minimum number of school days per year is 190. Malaysian students have 5 holidays totaling 11 weeks. The regulations determining holidays throughout the year are monitored by each school.
Classroom hours are a problem in Malaysia's education system. Due to a large number of students and shortage of schools, students are taught in a two sessions. The first session runs from approx. 7.30am to 2.30pm, while the afternoon session, lasts until 6.45pm.
Public schools
In Malaysia the public sector covers over 95% of all institutions of primary and secondary education and 50% of tertiary education. The Kindergarten is usually not subsidized by the government.
Primary education in Malaysia
The basic syllabus in public schools in Malaysia includes Malay language, English and Mathematics. The total number of weekly lessons in these subjects is reduced in the second stage of secondary education, where other subjects are incorporated such as Science, Life Skills or Local Studies. The main objectives of Life Skills are to teach the student trade, entrepreneurship and manipulative skills. Chinese and Tamil schools, have almost the same curriculum. The only difference is that the Chinese and Tamil are the main subjects, followed by the Malay Language and Mathematics. English is not taught until the second phase of primary education.
After the first phase, students attend the Primary School Achievement Test (Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah - UPSR).
Secondary education in Malaysia
Students attending national schools can proceed directly to the national type secondary schools, while the national school students must attend an additional transition year in order to achieve a satisfactory level of Malaysian.
In secondary schools, students may, in addition to the compulsory subjects, choose from a wide range of electives in the field of humanities, vocational education and training / technical sciences and Islamic studies.
According to the result of the students in the high school examination (Penilaian Menengah Rendah - PMR), students are divided into different levels: superior academic, technical or professional. At the end of upper secondary education students in academic / technical will obtain the Malaysian Certificate of Education Examination (MCE), while students of vocational schools will receive the Certificate of Professional Education of Malaysia.
Postsecondary Education
During the two years of post-secondary (or pre-university) students prepare for both the Malaysian Higher School Certificate (Persekolahn Sijil Tinggi Malaysia) as well as for entrance exams for college.
Private schools
Private education is offered in Malaysia at all levels, from nursery to tertiary education. However, private educational institutions play a more decisive role in the field of higher education than at the lower levels.
The private sector is seen as a way to balance the public system in relation to the vast majority of students. In the field of primary and secondary education covers only about 5% of schools in Malaysia. Private schools follow the same curriculum as the public sector in Malaysia. If you intend to enroll your child in one of these schools is advisable to organize Malaysian tutorials to ensure your child is fully integrated and able to follow the courses.
International Schools
There are many international schools in Malaysia, most of them in Kuala Lumpur. These schools tend to follow an international curriculum (curriculum as American, British and Japanese). This means they are accredited abroad and students can continue their studies beyond Malaysia without any restrictions in the respective countries.
The cost of tuition varies from school to school.
* Mutiara International School
* Utama International School
* The Alice Smith School
* German School Kuala Lumpur
* The International School of Penang (Uplands)
* Garden International School
* ELC International School
* Fairview International School
Universities in Malaysia
There are currently 20 public and 32 private universities in Malaysia. The requirements for admission to these universities are: STPM examinations (Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia) or a comparable foreign degree.
Private universities in Malaysia
Public universities are not necessarily worse than private ones. Until recently public universities were the higher education student’s preference. 
However, the public sector often fails to provide students with broad and flexible courses, which are provided by private institutions.
Conditions of tuition for foreign students
Students who apply directly to the private or public university in Malaysia, must first be approved by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia and by the Rating Agency of Malaysia (MQA).
All public universities allow international students.
You can obtain information about scholarships in the following websites:
Youth Portal abroad 
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Healthcare in Malaysia
Hospitals are generally well equipped and doctors are well trained.
The Malaysian government invests a major effort in improving and developing its health system. In addition, the budget in the public health sector has increased considerably in recent years.
The health care system in Malaysia offers universal access to all its residents. It is divided into public sector and government-private health system. Many doctors have been educated in Western countries (United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia) and most speak English.
Malaysia has no reciprocal health care agreements with other countries. Tourists and other visitors from Malaysia, who are not residing in Malaysia, have, therefore, to consult private practitioners and private medical institutions. The costs can be very high and private clinics require immediate payment, so you are advised to purchase travel insurance beforehand.
For more information about the health care of expatriates, insurance and related issues in Malaysia, please visit the website expat health.
Private hospitals in Kuala Lumpur
Prince Court Medical Center
39 Jalan Kia Peng
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian Hotline: 1-800-88-PCMC
International Hotline: +603 2160 0000
Fax: +603 2160 0010
Sentosa Medical Centre S/Bhd
36 Jalan Chemur Damai Complex 50400
Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-40437166 F: 03-40437761
Tung Shin Hospital
102 Jalan Pudu 55100 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-20724367 F: 03-20700345
Pantai Medical Centre
8 Jalan Bukit Pantai 59100 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-22960888 F: 03-22849446
Lourdes Medical Centre
244 Jalan Ipoh 51200 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-40425335 F: 03-40420479
Dato' Dr. Harnam ENT Clinic
3rd Floor, UMNO Selangor Building,
142, Jalan Ipoh 51200 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-40410092 F: 03-40426970
Sambhi Clinic & Nursing Home
17-19, Jalan Medan Tuanku
50300 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-26924594 F: 03-26929245
Damai Service Hospital
No 109-119,1st Mile, Jln Ipoh.
51200 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-40434900 F: 03-40435399
Klinik Samuel & Specialist Maternity Centre &
Specialist Clinic for Women
313 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-92843684 F: 03-92810395
Hospital Pusrawi Sdn.Bhd
Lot 149, Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-26875000 F: 03-26875001
Roopi Medical Centre
86, Jalan Dato Haji Eusoff, Damai Complex
50400 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-40423766 F: 03-40425644
Pusat Pakar Tawakal Sdn. Bhd.
202A Jalan Pahang 53000 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-40233599 F: 03-40228063
Chinese Maternity Hospital
106 Jalan Pudu 55100 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-20782055 F: 03-20725250
Pantai Cheras Medical Centre
1 Jalan 1/96A Taman Cheras Makmur
56100 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-91322022 F: 03-91320687
Taman Desa Medical Centre
45 Jalan Desa, Taman Desa Off
Jalan Kelang Lama 58100 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-79826500 F: 03-79820705
Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre
282-286 Jalan Ampang 50450 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-42571300 F: 03-42579233
Institut Jantung Negara Sdn Bhd
145 Jalan Tun Razak 50400 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-26178200 F: 03-26982824
Apollo TTDI Medical Centre
Jln Aminuddin Baki
Tmn Tun Dr Ismail 60000 Kuala Lumpur
(formerly Qualitas MC)
T: 03-77266911 F: 03-77279991
Poliklinik Kotaraya
9154 Jalan Bandar 4
Taman Melawati Hulu Kelang
53100 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-41084622 F: 03-41058786
Sentul Hospital
631 Jalan Sentul
51000 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-40416962 F: 03-40422231
Imran ENT Specialist Hospital
62, Jln Ang Seng
50470 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-2274 0599 F: 03-2274 0577
Hospital Pantai Indah
Jalan Perubatan 1
Pandan Indah
55100 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-4289 2828 F: 03-4289 2829
HSC Medical Center (KL) Sdn Bhd
Lot 3.6, Level 3, PNB Darby Park 10,
Jalan Binjai 50450 Kuala Lumpur
T: 03-27120866 F: 03-27120766
Hospitales publicos en Kuala Lumpur
Hospital Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Pahang
50586 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2615-5555
Fax: 03-2691-1681
Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM)
Jalan Ya'acob Latif
Bandar Tun Razak
56000 Cheras
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-9145-5555
Faks: 03-9172-4530
Institut Perubatan Respiratori
Hospital Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Pahang
50586 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-4023-2966
Fax: 03-4021-8807
National Heart Institute (IJN)
145, Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2617-8200
Fax : 03-2698-2824
University Malaya Medical Centre
Lembah Pantai
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-7949-4422
Fax: 03-7956-2253
Private Insurance
Instituto Cervantes
Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra)
Migrant Affairs of Malaysia (
Malaysian Customs Department
Central Bank of Malaysia (Bank Negara Malaysia)



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