From The Report: The Philippines 2015
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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 quality remain, and the government continues to address them through a host of pragmatic initiatives. With the dialogue between the private sector and educational institutions increasing and accompanied by reforms aimed squarely at better preparing students for employment, the sector continues to move in the right direction.

This chapter contains an interview with Armin Luistro, Secretary, Department of Education.