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Wednesday, 22 November 2006

School education and vocational training traditionally have a very high status in the Philippines. This is evidenced by, among other things, the exceptionally high literacy rate and the large number of private schools and universities. The Philippines is the third largest English-speaking country in the world, as practically the entire population is bilingual. The education system follows the US example.

Knowledge of languages

 

Literacy rate   

95.1%

 

The Philippines has one of the lowest rates of illiteracy in the entire world
English
93.5%
(second official language alongside Filipino)
Spanish
0.6%
(third official language until 1987)
German
N. N.
(Language courses are offered by the Goethe-Institut in Manila)

 
Education system

• Elementary education     6 years     = compulsory schooling
• Secondary education      4 years
• Higher education            4 years    (or longer, e.g. for engineering, law, medicine)         

Numbers of students per type of university

 

Total 2,420,856
- of which at state universities 829,181
- of which at private universities 1,591,675
- Graduates per annum approx. 400,000

Percentage of students per discipline

 

Business administration
23.0% 
Educational sciences
16.7% 
Engineering
14.6% 
Human medicine
13.2% 
Mathematics / computing
10.8% 
Agricultural sciences / veterinary medicine3.2% 
Social sciences
3.1% 
Media sciences
1.2% 
Humanities
1.2% 
Natural sciences 
1.1% 
Architecture 
0.9% 
Law
0.8% 
Other disciplines
10.2%

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 November 2006 )