Philippines Education

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The Philippine economy is gradually on the rise, largely driven by its business process outsourcing, industry and construction sectors. The average pace of growth in the Philippines in the first half of the decade was 6.3%, compared to 6% in Indonesia, 5.8% in Malaysia and Vietnam, and 3.6% in Thailand. 


Having been the only country in South-east Asia providing just 10 years of basic education to its population, the Philippines is working to join its neighbours and implement a K-12 system in 2016. Though the administration of President Benigno Aquino III is providing the Department of Education (DepEd) with more funding to aid the realisation...

How can the education system nurture English proficiency while embracing cultural sensitivities and promoting learning in the mother tongue?


The role of the private sector in education has always been apparent in the Philippines, particularly due to the dominance of private tertiary institutions that were established before state institutions arrived to provide more affordable options. As a result of this history, past and present governments have been able to consistently work...


Aimed at modernising an outdated system and providing students with an education that better equips them to participate in an increasingly competitive world, the K-12 programme is receiving full support from the government. Part of President Benigno Aquino III’s 10 Point Education Agenda, the K-12 programme turns the existing 10-year system...

Chapter | Education from The Report: The Philippines 2015

As of 2016 the Philippines will extend mandatory basic education to 12 years, up from the 10-year mandate that has been in effect since 1987. The increased role of the private sector in providing educational services is crucial to the realisation of this task, with growing opportunities on the horizon and the authorities taking slow but steady steps to define them. Challenges of access and...

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