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Fairview International School - Kuala Lumpur

Anybody who has the idea about Fairview International School - Kuala Lumpur?

I am from the philippines, and
I have been offered to teach in primary year program at RM3600 per month free accommodation, water and electricity.

Should i take the offer? any negative/positive feedback on the employee morale of this school?

I have looked at this document … uni-en.pdf  Since Fairview is one of the IB recognised training institution, I guess the quality should be okay. Although you don't have to pay for accommodation but RM3600 monthly salary is still too low to have a comfortable lifestyle in Msia. Let me know how is your training getting on. I might apply too. :D

Hi they mostly employ Iranians (for "white" faces) and Pinoys as cheap. One of the worst schools in Malaysia by reputation and ISR school reviews are quite a read (!). They are run by profit by a family and two of the sons are Principal/IB Coordinator. Asian teacher friends of mine worked there are run away! They have high turnover.

IB school were once the elite but IB then let 1,000s of "for profit" schools in Asia/middle East and now quality is very bad especially in MYP.

But of course if you are unemployed something is better than nothing but 3,600 (+accom but prob shared) is low in KL but not low for Fairview.

Nemodot - as has been commented elsewhere - you don't like any of the schools - SO please let us know what would be your rankings and where you work as a teacher (at an IB school from what I recall - so in direct competition with Fairview)?

Please put the record straight.

That simple isn't true Gravitas - Fairview though really stands out by reputation (teacher and parents) as one of the worst. It has a reputation that reaches far and wide in the teaching community!

Well known schools such as Taylors/Tenby/ELC etc are in a different league and the sort of schools people on a budget should consider. Although some are getting very expensive now. But they are all decent places.

The old established schools Alice/GIS/AIS/ISKL/Mont Kiara (plus the French German ones) are expensive but real international schools. Anyone from USA/UK who considers coming to KL to work should ask for ISKL/Mont Kiara (US) or Alice/GIS for UK for their kids as part of the package. If not offered by company STAY AT HOME as what is more important than your child's education?

Those living here long term (eg own business) should be careful and look for:

- Principal must be from the appropriate country that the school specialises or at least is from a similar standard of country and has lots of experience (basically US/UK/Australian Head who worked long time as Head in that country).
- Senior leaders/Head of Departments should mostly be expat qualified staff especially Maths/Science/English
- All English teachers should be certified teachers from English mother language countries (US/UK/Australia/Canada)
- at least 50% expat staff NOT counting Europeans/South Africans/Iranians/Pinoys without western teaching certs etc - even elite schools hire Indians for Chem/Physics due to world shortage (and often are good teachers in those subjects) but generally only count those from USA/Canada/UK/Australia who are certified teachers from that country. Europeans/south African with no certification don't count.... lots of these are a bad sign as employed for being white and no other reason! That is an old trick.
- exam results: though nearly all International schools fiddle these - even the elite ones. Ask how many in year group and a break down of how many A*/As - many schools pressure students to drop subjects. Do own percentages. Allow for entrance policies - eg Alice is very selective so should be getting 80% A*/A surely?
- If a school uses English 2nd Lang IGCSE a lot RUN AWAY FAST as that means hey values stats over education
- if it claims to be a "Cambridge British curriculum" then that is silly marketing (minus factor)
- uses Cambridge checkpoint then not really British curriculum and designed fro unqualified teachers so a negative factor in my opinion
- behavioural policies. Are these positive? or are students expelled for wrong socks!

Gravitas one of your favourites fails on all above criteria btw :whistle:

Fairview fails nearly all of above as well - it I heard was moving to Cam checkpoint and away from MYP

Thanks Nemodot for your overview. Which school do you teach at?

I don't have any favourites?  I just pass on opinions I see here and get from expats who have their children in various schools. So which one are you thinking of?

I think you may have the wrong impression about Alice to be honest. They work with the raw materials they have, from what I understand from staff there.

Thanks Nemodot for your valuable feedback. You mentioned Taylors/Tenby/ELC as being fairly good schools for those in a budget. May I know what your opinions are on Beaconhouse/Sri Nobel/Sri Emas/Sri KDU?

Another one I'd like your views on is the Canadian OSSD offered by Sunway Intl School. It is fully staffed by qualified teachers trained & recruited from Canada, so apart from the BM and Mandarin teachers, it's a fully expat teaching staff. And I've heard good reviews from friends who send their children there. What do you think of the curriculum? How does it compare to IGCSE?

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