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|
|School Days||03 JAN||09 MAC||10||48|
|Midsemester Break||10 MAC||18 MAC||9|
|School Days||19 MAC||25 MAY||10||50|
|Midyear Break||26 MAY||10 JUN||16|
|School Days||11 JUN||17 AUG||10||50|
|Midsemester Break||18 AUG||26 AUG||9|
|School Days||27 AUG||16 NOV||12||60|
|Year-end Holidays||17 NOV||02 JAN||47|
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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