Historically, in the past, the Philippines was a pioneer in many aspects regarding education in Asia. The oldest universities
, 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.
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 as high school, for four years. Students may then sit for 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