Education Around the World: The Philippines
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Every so often, we like to highlight the education system of a different country around to world, so readers can gain a better understanding of the similarities and differences between cultures. This week, we’re featuring the island nation of the Philippines.
While formal education in the Philippines extends back to Spanish rule in the 16th century, the Department of Education has recently rolled out some new improvements for today’s education system – which can better prepare students in the country for today’s global workplace.
Throughout the late 20th century, schools in the Philippines followed a 10-year system, with six years of elementary education and four years of high school. Starting in 2011, the country adopted the North American (and now worldwide standard) of a basic K-12 education, followed by four years of high school.
The 2010s is when education in the Philippines became fully ratified and modernized. The new goals of the Department of Education in this decade have so far included:
- Universal primary kindergarten education
- Both English and Tagalog are taught in 1st grade
- Focus on Mathematics and Science
Challenges to Education in the Philippines
Poverty in the Philippines is most prominent in rural areas, where there are few roads, and poor access to schools for children living there. Often, children will walk several hours to get to school in the morning and home again, and schools in these areas receive far less attention and less funding from the government. Many companies such as Intel have put forth initiatives to help provide technology for these rural schools. As the country continues to develop, these problems will continue to be addressed on a grander scale.