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To Board or Not to Board?

The topic of boarding schools is one that often stirs up great discussion and debate among parents. 

Many parents are passionate proponents of boarding schools, and believe that sending their children to a boarding institution is academically, socially and emotionally beneficial.  

Other parents have deep concerns about the impact that the boarding experience would have on their children’s intellectual and psychological development.  

There is no right or wrong answer, and ultimately the decision to send your child to boarding school is a profoundly personal choice that depends on the needs and wishes of you and your child. 

An Increasingly Popular Option

What can be said with certainty is that more and more parents in Malaysia and around the world are opting to send their children to boarding schools, and a growing number of schools have started to offer boarding facilities for students. 

This trend is undoubtedly due, in large part, to the fact that in many families in today’s world both parents are working full-time and are consequently unable to devote enough time and energy to raising their children. This phenomenon – along with other factors – is compelling many parents to seriously consider sending their children to boarding schools. 

Boarding schools typically offer three different arrangements: full boarding (seven days a week), weekly boarding (students live on campus from Monday to Friday and return home on the weekends), and flexi-boarding (students can opt to live on campus for one or several nights each week). 



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This article originally appeared on Education Destination Malaysia. To read more on the pros and cons of sending your child to boarding school, please click here.