- Education Nation says that more female students are studying in Philippine schools
- The coalition says that Philippine education has improved during the Aquino administration
- The group says that the lack of participation in decision making is an area of concern
While the educational systems of some countries remain influenced by a male-chauvinistic culture, academic groups in the Philippines are in high esteem as recent data shows an improved knowledge base with a female-dominant population in schools.
In an article written by Tricia Aquino for InterAksyon on January 28, it was disclosed that Education Nation, a coalition of businessmen who have committed themselves to the improvement of the quality of education in the country, has found out that the gender partiality index in schools has slightly improved by 0.01 percent in favor of female students from 2013 to 2015.
“In the Philippines, as opposed to the rest of the world where you have girls at a disadvantage, the advantage of boys is limited to kindergarten enrollment. You have more boys in kinder going in. But that’s as good as it gets for them,” said Robneil Dylan Dellosa, research program manager of the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), during a conference in Makati City on Thursday.
He further adds, “After that, you have more girls completing kinder. And then you have more girls entering basic, higher, tech-voc, and leaving it. Because the direction for gender parity has always been to empower girls and women, I think we’re doing something right.“
Education Nation is also the same coalition who pushed for President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s candidacy in 2010 after the latter expressed his intention to implement the K-12 Basic Education Curriculum.
“Overall, the picture is one of steady improvement,” Dylan said; adding, however, that there is still much work to do to make the system better.
Research data shows an upscale improvement in the inclusion rates of children in the basic education level with increases of 22 percent in kindergarten, 3 percent in grade school, and 2 percent in high school – all between 2010 and 2014.
However, Education Nation was also able to identify several areas of concern, including the lack of participation in making decisions about education.
“The community is at the periphery. They are (only) called when funds are needed to put up a building or to do something for the school,” said Dr. Milwida Guevarra, chief executive officer of Synergeia Foundation; adding that the government should also work on soliciting inputs from its constituents.