A different approach

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 19:00

It’s that time of the week again. So this week, I would like to share about the education system in Malaysia and what I found really different when I entered an American school. In Malaysia, students start preschool at around 3 to 4 years old. Elementary school is known as primary school in Malaysia and students start school at the age of 7 and move on to secondary school or high schools at the age of 13. Students start a new year, or move up a grade in January of every year, and this would continue until middle of November before a 1.5 month break ‘til the start of a new school year.

The public schools in Malaysia require students to wear uniforms. Typically, girls wear a white blouse and a pinafore, whereas boys wear a white button-down with green trousers. However students with special positions such as prefects and librarians own different outfits with their own neckties.

We have mixed schedules, so it means we have different subjects on each day — some subjects once a week, some the whole week. Another major difference is that in Malaysia, we do not have lockers. At Chugiak, it took me nearly three days to get my locker open. In Malaysia, however, the students stay put in their class the entire day. You will be in the same class with the same people all year round. It is the teachers who travel around the school, unless it is a subject that requires us to go to labs.

I’d like to give a shoutout to my classmate David McPhetres, the guy who looks amazing with a batman logo painted on his chest.

I`m still thinking about the topic for my next column. Any suggestions about stuff you would like to know or topics you want me to talk about, just email me. Till my next column...Bye bye. :D


This column is the opinion of Sivesh Sangar, an exchange student from Malaysia who attends Chugiak High.

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