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 the timetables.

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.
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    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)