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Jakarta Post

Parents should be cautious when choosing private schools

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 16 2008   /  12:28 pm

Parents nowadays need to be savvy when choosing private schools for their children. There are so many options with strange labels, yet little reliable information is available from either the schools or the government. Which to choose: international, national plus, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge International Examinations or just a regular school? Why will a school label itself as an "international school" or as a "national plus school"? International schools are those that wholly adopt a foreign curriculum, while the label "national plus" refers to private schools combining the national curriculum with another curriculum from abroad or with an accrediting institution. Lessons on Indonesian language and culture are still taught in national plus schools but most instruction is in English. "Schools, ethicall...