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THE COST OF PRIVATE EDUCATION

Education costs money. And good education costs more.

All parents want to give their child a good education, and that is especially true here in the Philippines. Regardless of income status, the child’s education is always there in the top ten things that a family would prioritize. 

It is also aligned with NEDA’s Ambisyon 2040 which represents the research of the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino for themselves and for the country by 2040. One of the findings of this project is stated below:

[By 2040]”Filipinos are smart and innovative.

Well-educated, innovative Filipinos will continuously improve the quality of life in the Philippines. If education is the process of facilitating the “acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits”1 , formal education is the structured method of facilitating the acquisition of a select set of such knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits. Government, therefore, must be proactive in setting the agenda for education. It is, after all, about molding the future Filipino and creating the future Philippine society.

More than ensuring that Filipino students acquire the foundational literacies (reading, numeracy, scientific literacy, ICT literacy, economic and financial literacy, cultural and civic literacy), the formal education system must also ensure that students obtain competencies (critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication, collaboration) and develop character qualities (curiosity, initiative, persistence and grit, adaptability, leadership, social and cultural awareness)2 . This may require a revision of the curriculum content, but more importantly, the mode of delivery. At the same time, there must be access to lifelong learning opportunities so that competencies are continuously upgraded and updated.”

http://2040.neda.gov.ph/about-ambisyon-natin-2040/

One can see in this research that education really is a priority for the Filipino, however, a big standout that many people don’t notice here is how education has changed over time. The current public educational system is still rooted in foundational concepts, which is not bad, except, we have to recognize that it’s not enough anymore.

For the last 6-8 years, we’ve been hearing buzzwords like 21st century education or future ready education, but the effort to move to a different mode of delivery than the traditional was mostly done by private schools. This is why parents, if they have the money, will opt to enroll their child in a private school to give them a competitive edge when they graduate. 

However, the cost of giving a child a good running start in life can sometimes be high. Let’s take a quick look at the average cost of education in the Philippines.

Smart Parenting published the average tuition that schools in the Philippines charge compiled from their tuition guides.

  https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/search?q=tuition%20fee

For high school education, the average tuition is Php150,000, and this doesn’t even take into consideration whether or not the school has changed their mode of delivery to adapt to a future where the child will need more competencies.

For those schools, which may collectively be termed progressive, the cost can be higher. To ensure that the child has these necessary 21st century skills requires teachers to be trained more than what they learned in their college education degrees. It requires the use of technology. It requires a different method of teaching where the teacher becomes the facilitator and the child is taught more control and independence on their  learning. 

This is why these schools can sometimes be expensive, charging from Php200,000 to even Php800,000 a year. The competencies that the child learns are going to be valuable to them throughout their life and not just traditional schooling that will teach them information and not as holistic.

This is also a big problem that APEC Schools as a private school is trying to solve. 

APEC Schools is grounded in a methodology of teaching and learning that is modern and progressive. They lean towards learning by doing, which is a key ingredient of their constructivist methodology. For more information on their methodology and programs, read our blog post here.

The difference is, APEC Schools charge way lower even than the average private school. Parents looking to enroll their child to a school that is aligned with modern educational practices have to prepare over Php100,000 at least for the tuition of their child. However APEC Schools charge even lower than 50% of that. They’re tuition fee ranges at Php36,000-44,000 for Metro Manila and P30,000 – 40,000 for Lipa and San Pablo sites, and for a progressive school, this is really affordable. Now they also offer a homeschooling program which has lower tuition fees than the average homeschooling fees in the Philippines. 

The cost of good private education does not have to be high. That’s what APEC Schools are proving, and that’s what they’ve been successful at doing.

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