Philippine Education has been changed instantly over the last recent years. Just like many countries, it follows a certain learning system that helps shape each student (even foreigner ones) a thorough knowledge and ability. If you are a foreign student and wants to enroll in any Philippine school, knowing the country’s education levels first is a must.
This is where pigtail hairstyles are the norm–and where the initial stages of our country’s education begin. This pre-education consists of three stages or year like 1) Nursery 2) Kindergarten and 3) Preparatory. This is where we learn the basic words, in both English and our Tagalog language and as well as shapes and numbers. We have a small classroom, and I have only a few classmates. Usually, the school hours are shorter, we start in the morning—and we finished mostly at noon.
I was 7 years old when I entered my first grade in Elementary. Unlike Pre-school, Elementary is much bigger (and much scarier, as a child) in general. Elementary education is consisting of six (6) years, and I was 13 years old when I graduated. We are organized in different sections, and my school had almost like 10 sections in different level years. Here we are taught different subjects, like Math (I kind of hate it) English (I love it!) Filipino, Science History, Home Economics, Music and Arts and GMRC (Good Moral and Right Conduct)
Secondary – Highschool
High school years consists of four (4) years in old Philippine Education curriculum—but since the implementation of K12 program in 2012, the original four years is added with two more years. Students who are finished with the first four (4) years need to enroll with two more senior high school years. This is effective with students who have not graduated high school by the year 2012. This goal to prepare high school pupils for four (4) year degree learning in college.
In high school, we are taught the same subjects in Elementary but were added with subjects like Technology Livelihood Education and Physical Education. I was 17 years old when I graduated from Highschool, and I haven’t reached the K12 implementation.
Tertiary – College
This is where Filipinos’ preferred major and profession takes place. College years is basically consisting of four (4) years, yet some courses make it to 5 years—depending on the course’s units you are enrolling. Each year is broken down into two semesters, but some universities implement three semesters. I attend a college university who only has 2 semesters, and my maximum subjects per semester are 7 or 8—depending on my desired number of units. Anyone can enroll, no question to Age, Religion, and Beliefs—as long as one is a high school graduate.
Philippine education institutions have two types: The Public and Private School.
There are also many optional education units or courses and programs in the Philippines anyone can enroll to, such as Vocational and Graduate Studies. Vocational and Graduate studies usually have shorter school hours. It depends on the student, whether one is working or a full-time student.
School period in the Philippines usually starts from June to March, and April and May are given for summer break. This timetable is effective in all levels. However, in recent college education years—some universities start in a different school cycle; starting in August and ends in February. There is usually two weeks break when it’s Christmas and New Year, and one-week break for All Souls and Saints Day.
Philippine has a good learning system and in-the-depth education teachings. If you plan to study here in our country, at least you got a basic knowledge of what could welcome you here—educationally speaking.