Education in the Philippines

Historically, the Philippines was a pioneer regarding education in Asia. The oldest universities, colleges, vocational schools and the first modern public education system in Asia were created during the colonial periods. In 1899 one author said when Spain was replaced by the United States as the colonial power, Filipinos were among the most educated subjects in all of Asia. However, Philippine education is slipping further behind most Asian countries. During the period of governance by the United States, Education in the Philippines changed radically, modeled on the system of education in the United States of the time. After gaining independence in 1946, changes in the US system were no longer automatically reflected in the Philippines, which has since moved in various directions of its own.

Filipino children may enter public school at about age four, starting from nursery up to kindergarten. At about seven years of age, children enter elementary school for six or seven years. This is followed by secondary school, also called high school, for four years. Students may then take the College Entrance Examinations (CEE), after which they may enter tertiary institutions for three to five years.

There are other types of schools such as private schools, preparatory schools, international schools, laboratory high schools and science high schools. Several foreign ethnic groups, including Chinese, British, Americans, Koreans, and Japanese operate their own schools.

Though elementary schooling is compulsory, latest official figures show only 27% of Filipino elementary-aged children either never attend or never complete elementary schooling, usually due to the absence of any school in their area, education being offered in a language that is foreign to them, or financial distress. In July 2009 DepEd acted to overcome the foreign language problem by ordering all elementary schools to move towards mother-tongue based learning initially. The order allows two alternative three-year bridging plans. Depending on the bridging plan adopted, the Filipino and English languages are to be phased in as the language of instruction for other subjects beginning in the third and fourth grades.

Secondary schooling is for a duration of four years. Although secondary schooling is compulsory, some Philippine news media have reported that since the 2000s, many Filipino students who began studying at private high schools, are forced to transfer to public high schools because of increasing cost of living and private school fees and financial distress. Many public elementary/high schools in the country are already overcrowded.

The school year in the Philippines starts in June of one year and ends in March of the next, with a two-month break during April and May, a one week semester break during the last week of October, and a week or two of Christmas break.

From what I can see this is one of the better schools in the area, Matthew and Felicity both are learning a lot and doing very well. Matt’s educational abilities are right on par with what he would have gotten in the USA if not better.




Matthew John Harman at his school on Mactan Island
That's Matthew taking the lead at his school, the future teacher, Matt is 7 August 19th.
pajo elementary school Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Philippines
pajo elementary school Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Philippines 2
pajo elementary school Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Philippines 4

. Marianne is currently in College at Southwestern University in Cebu City studying to be a Pharmacist. One of my friends a Filipino Dentist is an alumni 1979 of the same college. Here are a few photos from there. .

Southwestern University Cebu City
Southwestern University (click to enlarge)
Google Earth image of Southwestern University Cebu City (Click to enlarge.)


1. AMA Computer Learning Center of Mandaue City, Inc.
Door F-K, Northpoint Business Center, MC Briones St., Mandaue City

2. Cebu Institute of Technology

4. Cebu St. Paul College
Bulacao, Pardo, Cebu City
(032) 272-2985


6. Cebu State College/Cebu Normal University
Osmeña Boulevard
Phone +63 (32) 253 9611

7. Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise ( CITE)
San Jose, Talamban, Cebu City
(032) 346-1611/344-0899

8. Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion
Gorordo Avenue, 6000 Cebu City
Tels. 76585, 93120

9. College of Technological Sciences

10. Divine Mercy Computer College
3/F Tanchan Bldg., Colon St., Cebu City
(032) 412-1075/255-1622

11. Don Bosco Technology Center
Punta Princesa. Cebu City
(032) 272-2985

12. Interface Computer College, Inc.
Osmeña Bldg., Pelaez cor. Colon Sts., Cebu City
(032) 254-2688

13. Josrika Computer Training Center
729 Bulacao, Cebu City
(032) 273-3265

14. Saint Theresa's College

15. Salazar Institute of Technology, Inc.
211 N. Bacalso Ave., Cebu City
(032) 261-0233/261-0235

16. South Western University

17. STI College Cebu, Inc
Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu city
(032) 234-2267

18. STI-Labangon, Inc.
F. Llamas St., Punta Princesa, Cebu City
(032) 262-8877

19. University of Cebu Banilad, Inc.
Banilad, Cebu City
(032) 231-8613

20. University of San Carlos

21. University of San Jose Recolletos

22. University of Southern Philippines
Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu city
(032) 232-5932/232-5939

23. University of the Philippines Cebu

24. University of the Visayas

25. San Carlos Seminary College 

26. Royal Ox Cebu 

27. Philippine Air Force College of Aeronautics 

28. Cebu Velez College 

29. Cebu Sacred Heart College of Nursing 

30. Cebu City Medical Center College of Nursing 

31. Cebu Eastern College

32. Cebu Doctor's College

33. Bethany Christian School

There is a ton of good information here,



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