Education Information

Last changes made on 23:13, 2 April 2017: Added secondary school section, review grammar
I've placed my latest class timetable at the top for your reference, so you could expect when will I be free (if I'm not doing anything else, like playing games). After the timetable, I'm introducing the education levels that I have went through here, though most of them would not have the class timetable because it has been so long and there's no digital backup of them.

Quick link to education history: Home education | Preschool | Primary School | Secondary School

Current education information

Education type: Higher education
Education level: Diploma
Education programme name: Diploma in Computer Science
Education mode: Extended full time
Institution: Universiti Teknologi MARA Perlis Branch, Arau, Perlis, Malaysia
Group/class: RCS1106A

Additional info: I need to extend a semester because there are two more subjects that I could not take in time as there are other subjects I failed and had to repeat them.
Time
(24h)
0800 0900 0900 1000 1000 1100 1100 1200 1200 1300 1300 1400 1430 1530 1530 1630 1630 1730 1730 1830
Mon STA116
(IPS)
Tue MAT263
(LA I)
Wed STA116
(IPS)
Thu MAT263
(LA I)
STA116
(IPS)
    Courses:
  1. MAT263 (LA I) - Linear Algebra I
  2. STA116 (IPS) - Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Education History

    Most of people in Malaysia are writing age by year, which is different from what other people write, age by first schoolday date. This actually makes some confusion on what is the age for schools in Malaysia, and even Wikipedia is writing it with age by year as it is what people are writing here. For example, you would see people write that we enter the first year of primary school at the age of 7, when in fact we are actually 6 years old at the first schoolday date.
    I'm going to use age by first schoolday date instead of the more common age by year used in Malaysia, because it is more accurate. Furthermore, as we go in higher education levels, the schooling start dates are going to change.

Home Education

    I was born in one of the Fridays in October, 1996. My father was not always at home due to work and I lived with my mother all the time at home. My mother is the one who took a good care of me and helped me to form the basis of my native language, Malay. The Malay that I learnt as a kid is more of the standard form of Malay because my mother herself is using standard Malay, and my father who uses northern dialect of Malay (Kedah Malay) seldomly came home and thus it couldn't affect much of my standard Malay.

Preschool Education

    My education starts at preschool education, which is not compulsory in Malaysia, but most parents will send their kids for preschool education. In 2001, I went for preschool education at the age of 4 years old in Tadika GBBM Sungai Lalang, Kedah (吉打州双溪拉兰青团运幼儿园) which uses Chinese (Mandarin) as the teaching language. This is because I need to enter Chinese medium preschool to be eligible for Chinese medium primary school. At there, I learnt my second language, Chinese, after being using my native language, Malay at all time before preschool. I also get a Chinese name, Xi Daya (希达雅).
    The subjects I learnt in preschool are:
  1. Malay (国语 as it is national language of Malaysia)
  2. Chinese (华文)
  3. Mathematics (数学)
  4. Science (科学)
  5. Moral Education (道德)

Primary School

    In 2003, at the age of 6, I was admitted to the primary school (or known as "elementary school" in some countries). Primary school is known as sekolah rendah in Malay, which carries meaning of "short school". Do note that rendah means "short in terms of height", and another word pendek means "short in terms of length". The school I attend to, SJK(C)Chung Hwa Sungai Lalang, Kedah (吉打州双溪拉兰中华学校) is a Chinese national-type primary school which uses Chinese as the main language. The school's official code is KBC3061. Most of the subjects were taught in Chinese. I get a new Chinese name in primary school, still Xi Daya but with a different characters: 喜达亚 which I stick to use until now.
SJK(C)Chung Hwa Sungai Lalang
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Low resolution usage fall under fair use law.
    In primary school, I was introduced to a new language, English. English is then became my third language. The school taught English because it is a part of the national curriculum standard. Furthermore, the time I was admitted to primary school is also the first year of implementing a new programme by Malaysian Ministry of Education called "The Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English" or known in Malay as Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris (PPSMI). Due to some controversional issue, Chinese schools teach both English and Chinese variant of both Mathematics and Science, and cramped our class timetable thus doubled our homeworks.
    In those days, there were either two or three classes for each year, they are K (yellow-tagged) and M (red-tagged) classes, occasionally there are H (green-tagged) classes. In early two years, the class are assigned randomly. After that, the class are assigned based on performance from previous years, students performed well is placed in M class, followed by K class and occasionally H class. My classes were 1K, 2K, 3M, 4M, 5M and 6M.
    Like I wrote earlier, I don't have a digital copy of the timetables from these days, but I'm writing the subjects I learnt as far as what I can remember. 
    The basic subjects taught in year 1 to 6
    All subjects taught in Chinese unless stated.
  1. Malay (Bahasa Melayu / 国语) in Malay
  2. Chinese (Bahasa Cina / 华文)
  3. English (Bahasa Inggeris / 英文) in English
  4. Mathematics (Chinese) (Matematik / 数学)
  5. Mathematics (English) (Matematik Inggeris / M3)
  6. Science (Chinese) (Sains / 科学)
  7. Science (English) (Sains Inggeris / SC)
  8. Physical Education (Pendidikan Jasmani / 体育)
  9. Health Education (Pendidikan Kesihatan / 健康教育)
  10. (Muslim only) Islam Education (Pendidikan Islam / 回教教育) in Malay
  11. (Non-Muslim only) Moral Education (Pendidikan Moral / 道德教育)
  12. Computer Class (Kelas Komputer / 电脑班)
    Whereas the subjects that specifically taught from year 4 to 6 are:
  1. Music Education (Pendidikan Muzik / 音乐教育)
  2. Local Study (Kajian Tempatan / 地方研究)
  3. Living Skills (Kemahiran Hidup / 生活技能)
  4. Art Education (Pendidikan Seni / 美术教育)
    At the end of year 6 in 2008, I sat for the first national examination, which is called Primary School Achievement Test or Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) taking 7 subjects: Malay Comprehension, Malay Writing, Chinese Comprehension, Chinese Writing, English, Mathematics, and Science. I get As for all subjects except Chinese Comprehension (C) and Chinese Writing (B) because I need to admit I'm better at writing something new rather than understanding existing stuffs, lol.
    All the subjects mentioned were in the older syllabus, I don't know how it is now. Other than the school I attended to, there are also other schools in my area.
    Primary schools in Sungai Lalang
  1. SK Sungai Lalang (KBA3016)
  2. SK Amanjaya (KBA3006)
  3. SK Bandar Baru Sungai Lalang (KBA3047)
  4. SK Ambangan Heights (formerly SK Bandar Baru Sungai Lalang 2) (KBA3054)
  5. SJK(T)Tun Sambanthan (KBD3085)
  6. SJK(T)Sungai Getah (KBD3095)

Secondary School

    In 2009, at the age of 12, I was admitted to the first year of secondary school (or known as "middle school" or "high school" in some countries). Secondary school is known as sekolah menengah in Malay, carries meaning of "middle school". The years in secondary school are known as "form". Secondary school has two separate category known as lower secondary (menengah rendah) consisting form 1 to form 3 and upper secondary (menengah atas) consisting form 4 and form 5. Different from primary school, the secondary school I attended, SMK Bedong, Kedah (吉打州美农中学) is not a Chinese school. Instead, it is a normal national secondary school which uses Malay as the main language.
SMK Bedong
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Low resolution usage fall under fair use law.
    Actually, I apply for Chinese secondary school, but it was not approved because the requested school is too far from my area (more than 15km), even though it is already the nearest Chinese secondary school in the region. My name was then appeared in list for SMK Amanjaya as it is the secondary school in my own area with distance of only 1km. However, I've contacted the education department and successfully reallocated myself to SMK Bedong in the neighbouring town, Bedong which is 5km away.
    I avoid SMK Amanjaya because of the fact that SMK Amanjaya is too crowded, with 1 class consisting 40 to 45 students, and there are total of 17 classes for each form in lower secondary. The classes for form 1, for example, are divided to 3 special programme classes (1RK1, 1RK2, 1RK3) and 14 normal classes (1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 1G, 1H, 1I, 1J, 1K, 1L, 1M, 1N). This is true at that time, I don't know how it is now. In SMK Bedong, it is also crowded but not as crowded as SMK Amanjaya. We have 1 special class which I get into, called 1Super consisting 35 students, and 9 normal classes, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 1G, 1H and 1I, which most of the classes having 38 students.
    The subjects taught in lower secondary (form 1 to 3)
    All subjects taught in Malay unless stated
  1. [BM] - Malay (Bahasa Melayu)
  2. [BI] - English (Bahasa Inggeris) in English
  3. [PI] - Islam Education (Pendidikan Islam) for muslims
  4. [PM] - Moral Education (Pendidikan Moral) for non-muslims
  5. [M3] - Mathematics (Matematik) in English
  6. [SC] - Science (Sains) in English
  7. [BC] - Chinese (Bahasa Cina) in Chinese for those taking only
  8. [BT] - Tamil (Bahasa Tamil) in Tamil for those taking only
  9. [SEJ] - History (Sejarah)
  10. [GEO] - Geography (Geografi)
  11. [PJK] - Physical & Health Education (Pendidikan Jasmani & Kesihatan)
  12. [KHB] - Integrated Living Skills (Kemahiran Hidup Bersepadu)
  13. [PSV] - Visual Art Education (Pendidikan Seni Visual)
  14. [PSK] - Sivics & Nationality Education (Pendidikan Sivik & Kewarganegaraan)
  15. [IT] - Information Technology (Kelas Komputer) in English
    I was able to request to take Chinese in the school. However, I could not attend the class as it was held on the same time as half of the Islam Education class.I was left with self-learning, but I was provided with the textbook. I do not have the copy of timetable from form 1, but I have the timetables for form 2 and form 3. I've rewritten the timetable from original 2 or 3-lettered subject abbreviation to English words.
    In SMK Bedong, we have two sessions of classes due to fact that the classrooms available could not cater the amount of students. The morning session is for form 3 to form 6 whereas the afternoon session is for form 1 and form 2. We're not allowed to leave behind anything as the classroom will be used by other classes from different session. Do note that schooldays in Kedah (and Kelantan) starts on Sunday and ends on Thursday.
2Super - 2010
Time 1300
1335
1335
1410
1410
1440
1440
1510
1510
1540
1540
1610
R 1630
1700
1700
1730
1730
1800
1800
1830
SUN I.T. Math Islam / Tamil / Chinese History E English Assembly
MON - History Math Islam/
Tamil/
Chinese
C Sivics Malay
TUE - Science Arts Islam/
Moral
E Geography Living
Skills
WED - English Science Math S Malay Geography
THU - English Science Malay S Islam / Moral P.E.
3Super - 2011
Time 0745
0820
0820
0855
0855
0930
0930
1005
R 1035
1110
1110
1145
1145
1220
1220
1255
1255
1330
1330
1400
1400
1430
SUN PH PJK PJK M3 E BM BM SEJ ATC AM BI BI
MON AM AM KHB KHB C SC SC ATC ATC BI GEO GEO
TUE M3 M3 SC SC E SEJ SEJ GEO GEO KHB - -
WED BI BI PSV PSV S SC SC M3 BM BM SEJ SEJ
THU M3 M3 PSK PSK S BM BM BI BI GEO - -
    At the end of form 3 in 2011, I sat for the second national examination, which is called Lower Secondary Assessment or Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) taking 8 subjects: Malay, English, Mathematics, Science, Integrated Living Skills, Geography, History and Chinese. I get As for all subjects except Chinese where I failed the subject. It was kind of expected because I could not attend the classes, and 90% of native Chinese students in my school which did attend class also failed it. On the time I write this, a new national examination has replaced PMR, the new examination is called Form 3 Evaluation or in Malay, Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3).
    After my PMR result was out, some students would change to other schools such as the residential schools known as "Science School" which only takes people with high achievement. I was actually eligible even though I failed in Chinese because the subject is not a part of their requirementwas, but I chose to stay in the same school as I will need to work harder in those kind of schools, but I want to do everything at my own pace.
    Continuing the school, they gave students some time to apply for the streams because there are three streams of form 4, science stream, art stream and vocational stream which do have differences in subjects taken. The teacher then check for students qualifications and assign us to classes based on what we applied for. I get the class I want, 4Sc1 which is in the science stream. There are only 2 classes in science stream, with difference in that 4Sc1 takes Biology whereas 4Sc2 takes Accounting. Both classes takes Chemistry and Physics, you can't run from Physics if you take science stream in my school, unlike some other school which allow you to choose between Biology and Physics. The art streams has classes 4A1, 4A2, 4B, 4C and 4D, which I don't know what are their differences other than students in 4A1 and 4A2 need to take accounting. The vocational stream only has 1 class called 4MPV. You will be in the same class when you get to form 5, you would not suddenly jump from 4Sc2 to 5Sc1 as there are differences in subjects taken.
    The year I was in form 4, 2012 is also the year where the previous programme of "The Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics in English" or known in Malay as Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam bahasa Inggeris (PPSMI) being phased out to be cancelled. Because of that, the Mathematics and Science subjects are slowly being changed from English to Malay and teachers need to choose which version works the best for the class. In my school, they ask the students in class on whether they want it in English or Malay. 4Sc1 has majority voted in English whereas 4Sc2 has majority voted in Malay, thus making teachers teach the subjects in English for our class and Malay in the neighbouring class.
    Since there are like more than 50 subjects available nationwide for upper secondary level, I can't list all of them here. I don't even know what subjects are taken by those outside of science stream when I was in the class. I'll just be listing subjects taken by science stream students in my school. Other schools may have more or less subjects taken, or maybe a completely new syllabus is being used now as times passed..
    The subjects taught in upper secondary (Science stream of my school)
    All subjects taught in Malay unless stated
  1. [BM] - Malay (Bahasa Melayu)
  2. [BI] - English (Bahasa Inggeris) in English
  3. [PI] - Islam Education (Pendidikan Islam) for muslims
  4. [PM] - Moral Education (Pendidikan Moral) for non-muslims
  5. [M3]/[MM] - Modern Mathematics (Matematik) in English for 4Sc1
  6. [AM]/[MT] - Additional Mathematics (Matematik Tambahan) in English for 4Sc1
  7. [PHY]/[FZ] - Physics (Fizik) in English for 4Sc1
  8. [CHM]/[KM] - Chemistry (Kimia) in English for 4Sc1
  9. [BIO] - Biology (Biologi) 4Sc1 only, in English
  10. [AK] - Accounting (Perakaunan) 4Sc2 only
  11. [BC] - Chinese (Bahasa Cina) in Chinese for those taking only
  12. [BT] - Tamil (Bahasa Tamil) in Tamil for those taking only
  13. [SEJ] - History (Sejarah)
  14. [GEO] - Geography (Geografi) for those taking only
  15. [PJK] - Physical & Health Education (Pendidikan Jasmani & Kesihatan)
  16. [PSK] - Sivics & Nationality Education (Pendidikan Sivik & Kewarganegaraan)