Malaysia: Covid-19 School Closures: Should parents get fee discounts?

Updated: Apr 21, 2021

Extended school closures & the issue of school fee discounts is an extremely hot topic at the moment, with online discussions, surveys, petitions & articles flying around the parent community - not just here in Malaysia, but around the world.

In this opinion piece, we dig a bit deeper into the thorny issue of extended school closures & the discounts that many parents have demanded. It's certainly a contentious issue, and we don't expect everyone to agree with the information and views we're putting forth here - but felt it was a big enough issue to warrant writing about in some depth.

Before we begin, please note that our focus here is solely on international schools here in Malaysia rather than on private or public schools.

Only 10% discount? We want 50% off school fees, now!

Many of you may have seen (or even signed!) this petition in which parents demand 50% off private & international school fees and the Ministry of Education’s immediate intervention. At the time of writing, this petition had just over 30,000 signatures.

But here’s the thing.