The National Education System & the Classification of Educational Institutions

Independent Chinese schools

Independent Chinese schools form the largest component of other education options in Malaysia, with approximately 66,700 students enrolled in 60 Independent Chinese schools.

Independently appointed Board of Trustees work with the school leadership to manage each of these schools, which are funded through tuition and philanthropic contributions. These schools use Chinese language as the main medium of instruction, and teach a curriculum developed by Dong Jiao Zong benchmarked against systems such as those used in Taiwan and England. The schools prepare students for a standardized examination known as the Unified Examination Certificate (at Year 6 of secondary school), although many schools also prepare their students for the SPM.

A small but growing number of students enroll in private schools. These schools operate at both the primary and secondary level and include private schools that teach the national curriculum, international schools and religious schools. Currently, private schools comprise 1% of total primary enrolments and 4% of total secondary enrolments. Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013 - 2025