The AIMS Executive Committee
Chairperson: Peter Wells (Taylor's International School, Kuala Lumpur)
Vice Chairperson: Roger Schultz (The Alice Smith School)
Secretary: Simon Leese (Prince of Wales Island International School)
Treasurer: Martin George (Epsom College in Malaysia)
Committee: Andrew Dalton (The International School @ ParkCity)
Committee: Janet Brock (The British International School of Kuala Lumpur)
Committee: Iain Sallis (Tenby Schools, Penang)
The History of AIMS
AIMS was formed in 1997 with a group of 10 schools and was registered with the Registrar of Societies on 4th November 1998, under Section 7 of the Societies Act 1966. In 2017, the membership increased to 30 international schools across Malaysia.
What is AIMS?
AIMS is a non-profit making membership organisation, dedicated to the advancement of international education in Malaysia, via the provision of services to its member schools.
The objectives of the Association are:
To promote understanding between international school communities and the people of the host country, Malaysia.
To promote further international cooperation by encouraging cultural, academic and sporting links between schools.
To provide a forum for international schools in Malaysia to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest to the educational needs of students.
To provide a channel of communication for discussing and/or presenting matters to the Ministry of Education and/or State Education Offices.
To act as a consultative body contributing to the improvement of educational standards in Malaysia.
What are AIMS Schools Like?
Membership of AIMS is open to all schools:
- which are registered with the Ministry of Education in Malaysia;
- which have students who do not follow the Malaysian Curriculum;
- which are recognised by, or are members of, an international, regional or governmental educational examination authority;
- which provide kindergarten, primary and/or secondary education.
AIMS schools are varied in composition, enrolment and curriculum. Some offer United Kingdom curriculum models; some are Australian in curriculum, some are North American in curriculum and ethos, whilst others combine a national system of education with an international philosophy, within a Malaysia context.
Some offer boarding facilities. In most instances AIMS schools are independent in ownership and management.
The purpose of AIMS
At the outset, the Association was necessary to act as a representative body which would serve to provide a channel of communication with relevant Government authorities.
Some of the issues proposed for change were:
The introduction of compulsory Bahasa Malaysia; the fixing of quotas for Malaysian students, which has since been abolished; the attempt to regulate fees set by international schools;issues with teachers' work permits; speed of issuing student visas; the proposed opening of several new schools.
Today, AIMS is moving towards the direction of improving CPD for teachers, sharing of best practice, job-alike workshops, and sports opportunities for students.