Recent K-12 reviews of education system in Philippines show progress but country still has a long way to go.
Until 2011, K through 12 education had not been compulsory within the island nation of the Philippines. Up until that time, education was only provided for ten years for those students who chose to attend. Since the new laws have gone into effect, K-12 reviews on the educational system within the Republic of The Philippines have shown both promise and problems.
What is working in the education system in the Philippines?
The new program of compulsory education in the Philippines rolled out in 2012. It places a high value on kindergarten, where it is currently focusing most of its efforts. Every child who is old enough to attend kindergarten is now required to go to school. As this cohort moves through the curriculum, efforts on succeeding grades will increase in intensity.
With its rich history of higher education, the fact that basic education for all members of the population has been lacking has provided the drive for these reform efforts to succeed. The primary focus is to create workers capable of joining the global economy and reducing the high rates of poverty that it’s population currently maintains. In general, urban students from high income families have historically received more education that low income rural students. [Continue reading]