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The Philippines education system

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Education here is managed and regulated by the Department of Education (DepEd). The Philippines education system is controlled by the Department of Education, including the creation and implementation of the curriculum and the utilization of funds allotted by the central government. The DepEd also manages the construction of schools, acquisition of books and other school materials and the recruitment of teachers and staff.

Education I start to go to school at the age of 6 because the basic education system at that time is composed of six years elementary education. I did not experience in my time to go in nursery or kindergarten. My mother enrolled me directly in Grade One. I finished my six years elementary education at the age of 12, and started my four years of high school education. After I graduate my four years high school education, my parents choose my further education on vocational school. They cannot afford to send me and my sisters in university. We heard, or they say that there is a free education but my parents did not find that school who is offering free education. I remember that they always pay the school fees from my elementary and high school.

Year 1995 when my own kids start to go to school and by that time, it is already required that the kids must enrolled in kindergarten before they can enroll in Grade One. They already need to learn the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors through games, songs and dances, but using our mother tongue. In Grade One the Filipino and English subject already start. Aside from the additional kindergarten, my kids still go on six years elementary education and four years high school education. Then go to college or university.

Last year 2015, my grand children at the age of 4 are already going to nursery school. They attended 2 hours class everyday. After they finish their nursery, they need to enroll in kindergarten before they can start their six years elementary education. And we all know that we already have this K-12. Classes start in June and ends in March. Colleges and Universities follow a semester calendar from June to October and November to March. There are a number of foreign schools here in the Philippines too. The kids will go to school as early as 4 years old to attend nursery and kindergarten classes, a mandatory of 6 years elementary education and 4 years high school education with an additional two years being added in 2013. As of now the children will go to school for a very long period of time because of this K-12 program.

I am away for 9 years to work in other country as OFW so I can send my kids to school to have a better education. When I came back here in the Philippines, I heard about the 4P's (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) or in English it is 'Bridging Program for the Filipino Family'. It is a conditional cash transfer program of the Philippine government under the Department of Social Welfare and Development. They say it is to eradicate extreme poverty in the Philippines by investing in health and education especially in the age of 0 to 14 years old.

This is a big help from the government so the poor family can send their kids to school, to learn and have a brighter future someday. But the government need to make sure that the newly graduate student can find work here in the Philippines. Because even if you apply a janitorial job or a fast food helper, the requirement is 'tall and with pleasing personality'. But most of our fellows aren't tall but have a pleasing personality and brain.

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