Between 2016 and 2017 there have been a series of changes in The Philippines. Although not considered to be a popular country for students, it is certainly favoured by tourists from across the globe. Tourism has been the main source of income for the country for many years.
As students became more aware of the world around them, young people began to see the benefits of university education. They urged the government to invest in education and the government responded. The result was a transformation in the education system, achieved through a series of reforms.
Transforming the education system
The first and most important step that has been introduced in the educational system in 2017 is the transformation of the education system. The government have recognised that to advance, technology needs to be introduced into university education. As a result, a number of devices have been acquired to facilitate learning and improve the quality of education. Students can now access a vast amount of online resources from worldwide destinations enabling them to expand their knowledge and excel in their studies.
No tuition collection policy
It has recently been announced that tuition fees for the first semester will have to be paid by students.
• In 2016, the increased fees at private universities were disturbing the students.
• As a result of the fee increase it became more difficult for students to meet the financial burden associated with university study. Consequently a number of students dropped out.
Reduction in transportation costs
To alleviate some of the financial pressures on students who decide to study at university, the cost of transportation has been reduced. Most students will use public transport to travel to university and it is hoped that a reduction in transport costs will encourage more students to attend university and better manage their finances.
In 2017, 84 new scholarships have been introduced for students. It was hoped that these scholarships would improve the financial situation of students and cover some of the associated expenses that relate to university study. It aimed to reduce drop out rates and increase the number of students who remain in education. Students can also access government grants.
There is still a lot of work required to develop a strong and successful education system in The Philippines. It is intended that universities will employ current students as tutors in an attempt to raise standards. In addition there have been a series of training and educational programs introduced in an attempt to raise standards and increase enrolment rates at universities.