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Monday, January 01, 2007

School Calendar 2007

Posted by Chong

Happy New Year! New Year signifies new hopes and new challenges. Have you planned your personal timetable for this year? Have you set your own goals to be achieved this year? If not, you are encouraged to do so.

SPM and STPM 2007 candidates should plan your revision timetable carefully. Lots of chapters to be covered in our schools this year and hence I believe our school teachers would not teach those past topics again. We have to revise all topics ourselves and be prepared for the major examinations!

Usually, students are busily finding tuition classes at the beginning of every year. However, I would strongly advise you to examine your own strength and weakness before deciding whether to enrol in tuition classes for certain subjects. I do not quite agree with the point of view that tuition is necessary; instead I think it acts as the supplement to the school classes. Just for your information, there are top students that do not go for any tuition classes. One of the SPM 2005 top scorers, Chin Shiang Jin (15 A1) from Sekolah Menengah Kian Kok, Kota Kinabalu is a good example.

The school calendar 2007 below is applicable to schools in Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Pahang, Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan, Sabah, Sarawak and Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya. Meanwhile, schools in Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu follow a slightly different school calendar – a day earlier for both the ‘start’ and ‘end’ in the calendar below. It is due to the fact that Fridays and Saturdays are weekends for these three states.

School Calendar 2007
School Days/Holidays Start End No. of Weeks No. of Days
First Semester
School Days 03 JAN 09 MAC 10 48
Midsemester Break 10 MAC 18 MAC
School Days 19 MAC 25 MAY 10 50
Midyear Break 26 MAY 10 JUN
Second Semester
School Days 11 JUN 17 AUG 10 50
Midsemester Break 18 AUG 26 AUG
School Days 27 AUG 16 NOV 12 60
Year-end Holidays 17 NOV 02 JAN
Total 42 289

Total school days including public holidays: 208 days
Total school holidays: 81 days

Source: Ministry of Education, Malaysia

Public Holidays in Malaysia for 2007
01 Jan (Mon) - New Year's Day
20 Jan (Sat) - Awal Muharram (Maal Hijrah)
01 Feb (Thu) - Federal Territory Day (W.P. Kuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya only)
01 Feb (Thu) - Thaipusam (Johor, N.Sembilan, Perak, Pulau Pinang & Selangor only)
18 & 19 Feb (Sun & Mon) - Chinese New Year (except Kelantan & Terengganu)
31 Mar (Sat) - Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
01 May (Tue) - Labour Day
01 May (Tue) - Wesak Day
02 Jun (Sat) - Birthday of SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong
31 Aug (Fri) - National Day
13 & 14 Oct (Sat & Sun) - Hari Raya Puasa*
08 Nov (Thu) - Deepavali* (except Sarawak & Federal Territory of Labuan)
20 Dec (Thu) - Hari Raya Qurban*
25 Dec (Tue) - Christmas Day

* Subject to alteration.
Where a holiday falls on a weekly rest day (Fridays or Sundays as the case may be), the following day will be substituted as a Public Holiday; and if such following day is also a Public Holiday, then the next day following it shall be a Public Holiday.

Updated on January 7, 2007 to include the Public Holidays.
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