Boarding Schools / Residential Schools in Malaysia

HISTORY OF ESTABLISHMENT OF FULLY RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

The first fully residential school was built in 1890, when RO Winstedt was the Deputy and later the Director of Education of Malaya. The Selangor Raja School was established as an initial measure to produce the Malay elite from the royalty and children of state dignitaries, through English medium education. In 1894, the school was closed for renovation and it reopened in 1905 in Kuala Kangsar, to be known to this day as the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK).

The Sultan of Perak (Sultan Idris) in the 1903 Conference of Rulers (DURBAR) criticised the British administration policies, especially in the education of Malays, for "producing better Malay farmers or fishermen only". The sultan himself had offered the present site for the construction of the MCKK "for the education of the Malays of good family and for the training of Malay boys for admission to certain branches of the government service". In 1947, the Malay Girls’ College was established in Kuala Lumpur. It subsequently moved to Seremban, Negeri Sembilan and was renamed the Tunku Kurshiah College after the first Raja Permaisuri Agong. It continues to be known to this day by that name.

In September 1955, an Education Committee was formed which produced the Razak Report in 1956. The report was subsequently approved, thus resulting in the Education Ordinance 1957. The report recommended the formation of six fully residential schools:

  1. Dato' Abdul Razak School - 1956
  2. Tun Fatimah School - 1956
  3. Tuanku Abdul Rahman School - 1957
  4. Sultan Abdul Halim Secondary School - 1963
  5. Alam Shah School - 1963
  6. Seri Puteri School - 1968

In 1955, the Islamic College of Malaya was established on the site of a former palace which was endowed by the late Sultan Hishamuddin ibni Sultan Sulaiman in Klang, Selangor. In 1966, the college moved to Jalan Universiti in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. In 1967, after renovations were completed, the college moved back to Klang and was renamed as the Klang Islamic College. In 1972, the college administration was taken over entirely by the Ministry of Education and the college became known as the Sultan Alam Shah Islamic College (KISAS).

The progress of rural pupils in education, particularly in science, received the attention of the nation’s leaders. Consequently, as stated in the Second Malaysia Plan: "an important project in the plan is the establishment of ten pilot residential science secondary schools to provide added educational opportunities for pupils from rural areas to pursue their education in science subjects."

Thus the following 10 fully residential schools were built during the Second Malaysia Plan:-

  1. Sultan Mohamad Jiwa Science Secondary School (1973)
  2. Tun Syed Sheh Shahabudin Science Secondary School (1973)
  3. Selangor Science Secondary School (1973)
  4. Muzaffar Syah Science Secondary School (1973)
  5. Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Science Secondary School (1973)
  6. Sultan Mahmud Science Secondary School (1973)
  7. Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra Science Secondary School (1973)
  8. Tuanku Syed Putra Science Secondary School (1974)
  9. Tuanku Jaafar Science Secondary School (1974)
  10. Johor Science Secondary School (1975)

By the end of 2000, there were 39 fully residential schools with a capacity of about 25,000 students and approximately 2,500 teachers. In 2002, the Seremban Science Secondary School began operating as the 40th fully residential school at the old premises of the Dato' Abdul Razak School in Seremban which moved to its new building in Sungai Gadut, Seremban. Meanwhile four national religious secondary schools which had been upgraded as fully residential schools began operations. These schools were designated as integrated fully residential schools. The concept of integration combines 3 streams, namely pure science, religious pure science and technical science.

In 2003, the Seri Puteri Science Secondary School and Alam Shah Science Secondary School respectively took over the old premises of the Seri Puteri School which had moved to Cyberjaya and the Sultan Alam Shah School which had relocated to Putrajaya. Another 7 integrated fully residential schools began operating in 2003. In 2004, one more followed.

In 2009, 5 science secondary schools built during the 9th Malaysia Plan began to operate. To date there are 60 fully residential schools across the country.

FULLY RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION INTO FORM ONE (1) OF FULLY RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

  1. Students apply using the Form One (1) Online Application System through the MOE website http://www.moe.gov.my.
  2. Students print two (2) copies of the application information.
  3. The first copy of the application information is submitted to the head teacher of the school concerned.
  4. The second copy of the application information is submitted to the principal of the preferred fully residential school.

CONDITIONS FOR SELECTION OF FORM ONE (1) STUDENTS FOR FULLY RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

  1. Malaysian citizens
  2. Students of national schools
  3. Obtained 5As or 4As 1B in the Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) with grade A in Mathematics and Science
  4. Active in co-curricular activities

RESULT OF SELECTION AND PLACEMENT OF FORM ONE (1) STUDENTS IN FULLY RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

  1. Results are announced latest within 45 days of the release of the UPSR results.
  2. The results can be checked through the following channels:
    • Website of the Ministry of Education, www.moe.gov.my
    • Counter at the Division for Management of Fully Residential and Cluster Schools
    • Hotline of the Division for Management of Fully Residential and Cluster Schools
    • Counter of the nearest state education department / district education office
  3. The offer letter will be sent directly to the postal address of the applicant.
  4. The offer is valid only if the following conditions are met:
  • Malaysian citizens
  • Passed the medical examination by a qualified doctor, physically healthy and free from any chronic disease, asthma or infectious disease
  • Agree to accept the fully residential school offered and the specified stream
  • Agree to comply fully with all regulations and instructions related to the fully residential school

FORM ONE (1) STREAM AND SUBJECT PACKAGE OFFERED IN FULLY RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

STREAM SCIENCE RELIGIOUS
Subject Package
  • Malay Language
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Living Skills
  • Islamic / Moral Studies
  • International Languages

(* An elective language​​: Arabic / Japanese / French / German / Mandarin)

  • Malay Language
  • English Language
  • Communicative Arabic
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Living Skills
  • Islamic / Moral Studies
  • International Languages

(* An elective language​​: Arabic / Japanese / French / German / Mandarin)

Type of fully residential school offered
  • Earliest (premier) fully residential school
  • Science secondary school
  • Federal religious secondary school
  • Integrated fully residential school

PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION INTO FORM FOUR (4) OF FULLY RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

  1. Students apply using the Form Four (4) Online Application System through the MOE website, http://www.moe.gov.my.
  2. Students print one (1) copy of the application information.
  3. A copy of the application information is submitted to the principal of the original school.

CONDITIONS FOR SELECTION OF FORM FOUR (4) STUDENTS FOR FULLY RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

  1. Malaysian citizens
  2. Students of government fully assisted or government assisted schools
  3. PMR qualifications as follows:
    • Obtained grade A in six (6) subjects not including International Language (Arabic / Japanese / French / German / Mandarin)
    • Must have obtained grade A in Mathematics and Science
    • Obtained a minimum of grade B in other subjects
  4. Active in co-curricular activities

RESULTS OF SELECTION AND PLACEMENT OF FORM FOUR (4) STUDENTS

  1. Results are announced at the latest within 30 days of the release of PMR results.
  2. The results can be checked through the following channels:
    • Website of the Ministry of Education, www.moe.gov.my
    • Counter at the Division for Management of Fully Residential and Cluster Schools
    • Hotline of the Division for Management of Fully Residential and Cluster Schools
    • Counter at the nearest state education department / district education office
  3. The offer letter will be sent directly to the postal address of the applicant.
  4. The offer is valid only if the following conditions are met:
    • Malaysian citizens
    • Passed the medical examination by a qualified doctor, physically healthy and free from any chronic disease, asthma or infectious disease
    • Agree to accept the fully residential school offered and the specified stream
    • Agree to comply fully with all regulations and instructions related to the fully residential school

FORM FOUR (4) STREAM AND SUBJECT PACKAGE OFFERED IN FULLY RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

NO. STREAM SUBJECT PACKAGE
1. Pure Science
  • Malay Language
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • History
  • Islamic / Moral Studies
  • * EST (English for Science and Technology)(* Subject to the school)
2. Religious Pure Science
  • Malay Language
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • History
  • Advanced Arabic
  • Islamic Law Education
  • Quran and Sunnah Education
  • * EST (English for Science and Technology)(* Subject to the school)
3. Religious Professional
  • Malay Language
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Science
  • Principles of Accounts
  • Basic Economics
  • History
  • Advanced Arabic
  • Islamic Law Education
  • Quran and Sunnah Education
4. Technical Sciences
  • Malay Language
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Engineering Technology
  • History
  • Islamic / Moral Studies
  • * EST (English for Science and Technology)
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