Cluster Schools

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has taken a bold step forward by rebranding some of the existing  schools in order to spearhead effective school improvement. One of it is the idea of having Cluster Schools (Sekolah Kluster) as outlined in the National Education Blueprint. The announcement of the first 30 cluster schools by MOE on April 8, 2007 (Sarah Chew, The Star) is a visionary step towards effective school improvement.

Cluster Schools in Malaysia has been defined as centres of excellence (within each school grouping) focusing on niche areas such as music, sports, ICT, science, language, and other discipine of studies.

To ensure that all schools in our education system are represented in the Cluster Schools of Excellence, the schools are grouped as follows:


  • National schools
  • Chinese schools
  • Tamil schools
  • Orang Asli schools


  • Residential schools
  • Technical schools
  • Religious schools
  • Day schools
  • Putrajaya and Cyberjaya schools
  • Special model schools



  • Matriculation colleges
  • Teacher training institutes


The schools are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic performance
  • Excellence extra-curricular activities
  • Effective leadership
  • Effective resource management
  • Effective teaching and learning
  • Historical pedigree
  • Conducive environment for learning and character development
  • Effective implementation of ministry programmes
  • Strength in specific areas such as music, sports, etc.

Each cluster school will have a particular niche area of expertise for it to excel and also to be a role model / catalyst for improvement to the other neighbouring schools.

Neighbouring schools should identify their strength or potential areas to start their ESI Model. They should take the opportunity to benchmark , adopt and adapt the Cluster School Model of their neighbouring Cluster School to implement effective school improvement in their own schools.

To magnify the casading effect of the cluster school improvement to other  schools, it is hope that more cluster schools based on different niche areas of specialization and in different categories of schools be announced by MOE in the very near future.

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