Education System in Philippines
The education system of Philippines is highly influenced by Spanish, American and Japanese rule and occupation. Of these, American system of education is highly prevalent. The American colonization of Philippines started in 1898 and further English became language of instruction in academic settings. During American era in Philippines many schools and colleges were established. In 1908, the University of the Philippines was chartered, representing the first comprehensive public university in the Philippines.
The Formal education system of Philippines takes 14 years; it’s designed around 6 plus 4 plus 4 system of education, i.e.
- 6 years of primary school education
- 4 years of secondary school education
- 4 years of higher education, leading to a bachelor’s degree
In Philippines academic years starts in June and concludes in March, which is approximately 40 weeks. The Universities and Institutes of Higher Education follows semester system: fall semester, winter semester and an optional summer term.
6 years of school education is compulsory for every child which lasts from age 7 to 12 years. Completion of 6 years of schooling makes a child eligible to attend junior school. In the new education system both Pilipino (Tagalog) and English are language of instruction.
The education system in Philippines is administered and overseen by the Department of Education, a federal department with offices in each of the country’s 13 regions. For latest updates see official website www.deped.gov.ph