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Saturday, December 10, 2022

2023/2024 School Holidays Calendar


We have so many school holidays and yet the strange thing is we keep on looking out for more! For example, we have a 3 week holiday in December 2022, a 5 day Chinese New Year holiday in January 2023 and another 3 weeks end of academic year holiday in March 2023. So many holidays and yet, the first question that parents often ask is "Is the school holiday schedule for next year out yet?" 

It is finally uploaded on the MOE site. Now parents can do planning for 2023/2024. 

The academic year remains the same which means that the school year will begin in March 2023 and the calendar is now  called the 2023/2024 academic calendar. Below is the calendar including the Festive calendar for 2023/2024.You can download it in pdf format from the Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia website here: Kalendar Academik Sesi 2023/2024

Below is the academic calendar for 2023/2024 for Group A schools ie schools in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

The first day of school for Group A schools is 19 March 2023.

Below is the academic calendar for 2023/2024 session for Group B schools ie schools in Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan & Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya.

The first day of school in 2023 for Group B schools is 20 March 2023.

The Festive Calendar 2023/2024 is below. A few festivals like Christmas 2023 and Chinese New Year 2024 happen to fall during the school holidays. 

Apart from asking about the school holidays schedule, parents have been wondering whether the start of school would revert back to January instead of March. The Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia just answered this question in their latest Facebook post dated 10 December 2022.  which is reproduced below. 

In the post, they explained a few issues:

  • Schools to start a week later in March 2023. The first day of school has been pushed further to 19 or 20 March 2023 instead of 12 or 13 of March 2023 to facilitate the SPM examinations. However, even with this push back, schools is still able to maintain the minimum number of days required in a year.
  • The decision to revert the school calendar back to January has been deferred. It would take 3 years from 2023 to 2026 by reducing holidays etc to revert back to January. Therefore, in consideration of the economic impact of this to the nation and the wellfare of teachers and students, the decision to revert the school calendar has been deferred.
  • SPM will not be in November or December due to floods. Previously SPM was conducted in November or December but it has since been postponed to February or March due to flooding. KPM notes that by holding the exams in February or March, the waiting period for university students is shortened, however they will constantly monitor the preparation of the academic calendar for the next year to ensure the smooth flow of teaching and learning.

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