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Friday, February 19, 2021

Back to School March/April 2021. Are you ready?

 The Ministry of Education Malaysia today announced back to school dates for kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, private schools, international schools, colleges and more. 

For the purpose of this post, we will only touch on preschool, primary and secondary, leaving higher education out. 

 Kindergarden and primary 1 and 2 will be the first batch to return to school on 1st March 2021. According to the ministry this is to allow this batch of students to return to school first to get used to the school SOP. It's true that this batch of students have had very little time in school last year or not at all this year so they will need some time to orientate to real school environment. Are parents and students ready? There are mixed feelings, furthermore some just received new timetables for longer hours of online learning just one or two days ago.

Following this batch, students from standard 3,4,5 and 6 will return to school on 8th March 2021.

Private school students will follow the same schedule as the above whilst International school students will start on 8th March 2021.

Tuition centres are allowed to operate with effect from 8th March 2021 as well.

As for Secondary school students, all secondary students will return to school on 4th or 5th April, 2021. (depending on which state they are in). 4th April for Group A schools and 5th April for Group B schools.

Group A schools are schools in  Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu
Group B schools are schools in Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan & Putrajaya

The reason why secondary school will be starting later is because of SPM 2020 which will be starting on 22 February 2021 till 25 March 2021. It is to allow the students to sit for the exams without interruption or disruption. They will also need to use the classrooms.

So why not start after 25 March 2021? According to the Malaysian school calendar, the first term holidays starts on 26/27 March and ends on 3/4 April 2021. Hence secondary school students will only return to school after the completion of the first term school holidays. 

These dates will apply to the whole nation irrespective of whether the state is currently under MCO/CMCO/RMCO.

So, are you ready for back to school in March/April 2021?

Thursday, February 18, 2021

What makes a British Council English course the right choice for your child


At the British Council, we prioritise instilling life skills, such as communication and problem-solving skills, in your child rather than just teaching them to speak English like a native. This should come naturally to them once they have the basics locked down and their confidence improved after working through our proven materials and delivery.

Our combination of expert teachers and optimised class environment ensures that your child has plenty of opportunities to practise speaking English. Through pair work and small group discussions within their class of 10 students, your child will work on tasks that focuses on real-world topics which will surely pique their interests.

Once they are out of the classroom, the learning does not end there. Our secure online platform extends the learning experience for your child with weekly tasks set by their teacher that they can complete on their own in preparation for their next session with us. Through the online platform, parents are also able to track and monitor their child’s progress to see just how much they have improved over time.

Don’t just take our word for it – let your child experience one of our classes for themselves to see if they would enjoy studying with us! Book a free trial class today! 

If your child has attended one of our trial classes in the past and loved it, don’t miss the registration period for our April 2021 intake. Class capacity is limited due to our SOPs, so find a suitable course for them and register today!

This is a guest post by British Council Malaysia. 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Limited time offer: Sign up for a free online English class with the British Council!

With another Movement Control Order (MCO) underway in various states across Malaysia, we are sure that parents are hard at work to ensure that their child does not get left behind in their education as compared to their peers locally as well as globally.

At the British Council, we are here to support you in your child’s English language development. Whether our classes are held in-person or online, we strive to ensure that your child gets the best learning experience either way.

Here are some comments that parents have left us with regarding our online classes:

If you’re interested in enrolling your child for one of our courses but not quite sure if online is a suitable medium for them, contact us for a free trial class today! We have classes available for those between the ages of 5 to 17 so don’t miss out on a chance for your child to learn with us!

This is a guest post by British Council Malaysia. 


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Online Tuition for BM, English, Maths and Science for Primary School Students

The year 2021 will be remembered as the year school starts off with homebased online learning instead of face to face learning. While this may pose some challenges, it is also the new way which we must embrace. We should not let the pandemic hinder our child's education. Life goes on with a new normal, education must continue. 

Some parents are worried that online lessons delivered to young children to a big online audience may have a lesser impact than face to face lessons and smaller classes. Hence online tuition may be the right solution now.

Benefits of Online Tuition

- you can attend online tuition from the safety of your home

- you can attend online tuition from other states. eg you are in Penang but you can choose a centre in Klang Valley for your online tuition

- classes are smaller so there is more attention per student from teacher

- can help to fill up gaps in learning so that your child can more easily catch up when they return to school based learning

- gives children a more structured approach and a more disciplined schedule to do studying and revision at home

- usually in smaller groups, there will be higher chance of interaction between teacher and student

This post was brought to you by Cozy Kidz House 

Since March 2020, Cozy Kidz House have shifted their tuition lessons online. Classes are in small groups of average 6 per class so that students can receive individual attention. Lessons are taught by dedicated and experienced teachers determined to deliver lessons in a fun and interactive way to students from different age groups.

Online Tuition by Cozy Kidz House

Level: National Primary (Std 1-6) and International (Primary Year 1-6)
Subjects available: BM, English, Maths and Science 
Class Size: Average of 6 students per class
Method of delivery: Notes are simplified and the teacher will explain during online classes with the support of PPT slides. Assignment or class work will be sent to google classroom. With this teacher can monitor the progress of the students.
Progress Report/Evaluation: Quarterly assessments and a progress report will be sent to parents
Fee: RM100 per subject or RM280 for 4 classes

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Inaugural Digital Leadership Tech Contest by Sri KDU International School (Klang)


Dear parents, 

Share this with your kids! Here's something to challenge their tech skills, creativity and writing skills during this stay at home and learn from home period. It will give your children something interesting to do while at home. Too much time at home have left our kids bored and unmotivated after so many months. So let them try something new with this contest which is open to all primary and secondary students residing in Malaysia. Below are details of the contest.

Primary School Category 

- The Face Mask Design Challenge
- for ages 5 to 11 (year of birth 2011 - 2015)
- The Challenge: Design a face mask using any digital tool eg iPad with Apple Pencil, Microsoft Surface with Microsoft Surface Pen, etc. Any submissions that are created using traditional and manual tools e.g. colour pencils, crayons, etc will be disqualified. Each design submission should be accompanied by a short synopsis (less than 100 words). 

Final winners are selected based on originality, creativity, story behind the design. *Template is provided
Secondary School Category

 - The PSA Video Challenge
- for ages 12 to 16 (year of birth 2005 - 2014)
- The Challenge:  Produce a video with a duration of between 60 seconds – 90 seconds. The end product can be produced with any video recording device e.g. smartphone, digital camera and can be post-produced with any suitable video editing software e.g. iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, etc. Additional animations, effects and royalty free music is also recommended. Each submission should be accompanied by a short synopsis (less than 100 words).

Participants are required to choose one (1) of the subtopics listed here:
• Hand-washing tutorials
• Social Distancing
• Safety precautions of Covid-19 and
• How to Keep Our Community Safe

The content of the above can be shown in any creative way – demo, public speaking, dance, poem, drama, monologue etc. Final winners are selected based on originality, creativity, and storyline.

Win up to RM 1,000 in cash for the Secondary category and RM 500 in cash for the Primary category.  In addition, the most popular submissions via Facebook and Instagram Likes and Shares for each category will bring home a brand new iPad with an Apple Pencil!

For more information on the contest and on how to participate, please write to info.klg@srikdu.edu.my

Submit your entries before 5.00pm on the 15th February 2021!

Important! Read the terms below for full details and contest requirements
Click here http://bit.ly/DLTC_Terms to view the full Terms and Condition
Click here http://bit.ly/DLTC_template to download the Face Mask Design Template.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Starting School in 2021 under MCO 2.0

There is some confusion about when to start school in 2021 under the new MCO 2.0. Here is a brief and quick summary. 

First, let's understand or recall some abbreviations. 

MCO = Movement Control Order / PKP (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan) 

When things improve, then the restrictions on movement are relaxed leading to 
CMCO = Conditional Movement Control Order/PKPB (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat). This is when there is movement controls with certain conditions ie "bersyarat" or conditional 

Finally, when the pandemic situation has improved further and we are in the recovery phase, we have 
RMCO = Recovery Movement Control Order/PKPP (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Pemulihan) with easing of movement controls.

MCO 2.0 will commence for the following states wef 13 Jan 2021 for 2 weeks.

Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan (Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya), Johor, Melaka, Penang and Sabah

Kedah, Perak, Negeri Sembilan, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang


Sarawak, Perlis

When will school start in 2021?

20 Jan 2021 or according to academic calendar of institutions. However whether you will return to school for face to face learning, depends on which area you are. 

Kindergarten Level 

All private kindergartens registered under the MOE/KPM are allowed to operate (MCO/CMCO/RMCO areas included)

Primary School (both public and private schools)

Std 1 to Std 6 or its equivalent for private schools)
MCO area - start with online learning on 20 Jan 2021
CMCO/RMCO area - begin face to face learning on 20 Jan 2021

Secondary School (both public and private schools)

Form 1 & Form 4 (MCO area) - start with online learning on 20 Jan 2021
Form 1 & Form 4 (CMCO/RMCO area) - begin face to face learning on 20 Jan 2021 

Form 2 & Form 3 (MCO area) - start with online learning on 20 Jan 2021
Form 2 & Form 3 (CMCO/RMCO area) - begin online learning on 20 Jan 2021 followed by face to face learning on 8 March 2021

Form 5 & 6 (MCO/CMCO/RMCO) - begin face to face learning on 20 Jan 2021

To find out when your child is starting school online or face to face, first check your area, then their level in this post.

Below are further explanations or graphics from MOE's Official Facebook Page

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

How to help your child learn at home

Guest Post by Geoff Taylor, Head of Young Learners at British Council Malaysia

During the pandemic we have juggled work, family commitments and the stress and strain of living under the MCO. Many of us have also been given a new job: teaching our children.

Many parents I speak to tell me that they find themselves overwhelmed by this. They find themselves becoming irritable with their child and feeling guilty. They worry that their child may fall behind with their schoolwork.

However, there are tremendous benefits to a parent teaching a child that cannot be replicated in a classroom. With a few basic strategies in place we can ensure our children profit from our help and relieve some of the pressures we put on ourselves.


Children, particularly younger children, need a routine. Not going to school and seeing their friends is an enormous disruption to their lives and can be upsetting and stressful. Help your child by putting in a routine for home study. At the same time every day your child will study, and you will be available to help when needed. While none of us have time to replicate a regular school day, we do not need to. As we are teaching the kids one to one, rather than in classes, they can get more done in less time.


What takes us a few minutes may take a child half an hour. We need to be patient and have realistic expectations. Be prepared for everything to take longer than you anticipate. If we start to get frustrated, we need to take a breath and control our emotions. A positive attitude is contagious, and we want our children to enjoy learning. So, take a breath, count to ten, smile and try again.


We need to remember that children are still growing and physically developing. Because of this it is actually painful for them to sit still for a long time. If they must sit for a long time they will start to fidget and become distracted. We need to have regular breaks where the child can move around. In classes at the British Council teachers will build this into the lessons – a ‘treasure hunt’ for children to find answers that are ‘hidden’ in the classroom for example. Google ‘brain break’ activities and check out some of the fun ‘action songs for kids’ on YouTube to ensure your child is quickly refreshed and ready to continue to learn.

A good learning environment

Having a suitable environment for learning is vital. The place where your child studies should comfortable, ideally with a desk and a chair, be well lit and well ventilated. It should be free from distractions – there are so many things in our homes that are more fun for a child than studying! Ensure laptops, iPads, toys etc. are not visible. Where possible siblings should study separately, again to avoid distractions. While we need to be close at hand to provide help where needed, we should avoid ‘looming’ so our children can focus. Often, we are the biggest distraction of all!

At the British Council we offer a range of courses for children. We have both online courses and courses in our teaching centres. If you are struggling to help your child learn at home, perhaps we can help share the load. Find out more here 


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Controlling Nearsightedness

In this digital age, many of us are heavy users of digital devices in our daily life particularly when attending online classes or working from home, where we tend to use our PC or laptop for longer hours. With this current change of habit, it is not surprising there is a surge in the number of people suffering from myopic (nearsighted) condition or with frequent increase of eye power. 

Nearsightedness is common and can be fixed with the help of glasses or contact lenses, but the increase of myopia exposes one to higher risks of developing other eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Don’t worry! Here’s a solution for you to control myopia or commonly known as nearsightedness, which is known as Orthokeratology lenses. And one can go glasses or contact lens free during the day.

What is Orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology, also known as Ortho-K, is a non-surgical procedure of reshaping the cornea gently while you sleep, with the help of specially designed therapeutic gas permeable contact lenses. This type of contact lenses can correct myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism. It may even help to correct hyperopia (longsightedness) or presbyopia (loss of ability to focus on near objects).

Ortho-K can be defined as the temporary reduction, modification or elimination of refractive errors through the application of specially designed contact lenses.

How OCUVIQ® Ortho-K contact lens works?

Ortho-K is prescribed for 2 purposes:

1. Slow down myopia progression

2. Vision correction – user will not need glasses or daytime contact lenses if refractive errors is fully corrected.

Who can benefit from OCUVIQ® Ortho-K?

With the help of OCUVIQ® Ortho-K lenses, one is not only able to control the increase of eye power and obtain better vision, but also able to experience freedom from glasses or contact lenses during their daytime activities. OCUVIQ® Ortho-K lens would be a convenient and beneficial option especially among children and those with an active lifestyle requiring them to engage in many physical activities.

OCUVIQ® Ortho-K lenses are suitable for both adults and children. However, one will need to consult a professional eye care practitioner for the fitting and suitability of wearing Ortho-K lens.

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What is the fitting process for Ortho-K lens?

A full Ortho-K assessment is required for the fitting of Ortho-K lens. The eye care practitioner will perform an eye examination, which includes checking of refractive errors, eye health evaluation and measuring the curvature of cornea. The assessment is to ensure these custom made lenses are perfectly fitted for each individual.

In-clinic training on how to insert, remove and take care of Ortho-K contact lenses will be provided by the eye care professional upon lens fitting. Parents and child must comply with a few periodic follow up scheduled by your eye care professional to ensure that the lenses are performing well.

There are a variety of options to help control or slow down the progression of myopia. Consult an eye care professional now to get advice on the most suitable treatment for your child.

This is a sponsored post by Oculus (M) Sdn Bhd

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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