When it’s time for school enrollment, one of the preliminary points you consider is whether to apply for a national or international school. In the past few years, many parents started preferring International systems due to their belief that they offer an advanced level of education. However, is it only academics that matters? Or did international schools become a social status?
In other words, does enrolling your child in an international school offer you the social image and elite community you dream of?
National system is not stable
It seems that parents choose their peace of mind when they go for an international system because of the instability of the national system due to the Ministry of Education’s constant updates. They don’t want their children to be subjected to the continuous change of curriculums and exams system.
Out of the box
Selecting an international school usually goes back to parents’ desire to offer their kids an innovative educational system that makes their creative sides blossom and enhance their analytical thinking, instead of just memorizing texts they don’t understand.
While many resort to transferring their kids to international schools at higher grades to save money during elementary years, others believe that the sooner they’re included in the international system, the better. Their concern is not just education, but also character-building techniques where some schools enhance motor skills since the kindergarten stage.
Foreigners, but not teachers
Other parents prefer international schools because the teachers are expats, so they believe their kids will be taught in a progressive and creative manner. However, many claim that schools recruit expats that are not specialized in education and Egyptian teachers are actually better. So, it’s mainly the benefit of catching the native accent.
The international system is more relaxing when it comes to homework and exams, and it is actually a valid point that makes many parents consider an international school. The problem is that many international schools tend to egyptianize their curriculums and tests which eventually overload students.
Considering a private university
Some parents are a bit worried about certain issues that international schools’ students faced as the SAT American exam that got canceled earlier this year. However, low IGCSE and American diploma grades might be a dilemma while applying for Egyptian universities.
More elite, more liberal
I can’t deny that choosing an international school has a social advantage. Parents tend to include their kids in an elite community with selective standards. I can’t also argue that your child’s school should be compatible with your financial and social status, in addition to cultural and religious backgrounds.
But, do we as parents start to focus on these aspects more than the quality of education? Many parents complain about the soaring tuition fees compared to the weak quality of education. So, we’re basically paying for the social status.
On the contrary, many parents might consider a national school as they want their kids to mingle in a more conservative community. This also ensures affording the finances, as it’s not just the tuition fees, but the outings their kids will join and the birthdays’ gifts they have to pay for.
We do believe that choosing a school for your kid is not an easy decision. You select the ideologies that your kid will be exposed to and the people he will interact with every day. Share with us your experiences with international schools and whether your expectations met reality or not.