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Foreigners in Malaysia Prefer Turkish Schools

InternationalMALAYSIA, November 29, 2003 - Foreigners in Malaysia, who are faculty members at universities or diplomatic personnel, are sending their children to Turkish schools.

Professor Cemaleddin Nurzai of the University of Putra is one of them.

He has sent his two sons to both international schools and Malay schools, yet he was not pleased with the education. Nurzai then decided on Horizon International Turkish School.

Horizon began teaching in the capital Kuala Lumpur this year. The three-month old school now has 22 students.

Turkish parents and other nationalities are sending their children to this school. Most parents are faculty members at universities.

In Malay schools, the term starts in January and ends in December. However, Horizon teaches between September and June because of the vacation system of most foreigners.

The school was established with the approval of the Malaysian Education Ministry and its education is equivalent to other schools.

Horizon has 12 teachers of British, Irish, Iraqi, as well as Turkish nationality. The Principal Turgay Kahraman announced the opening of the kindergarten and preschool as well. Education at Horizon can go on for six years.

Kahraman said the tuition per month was US$300 and by law, native Malays cannot send their children to international schools.

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