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Philippines extends schooling to 13 years, kindergarten made compulsory

Published on May 15, 2013 2:41 PM
 
An Aeta elementary student working on her assignment on a roofless classroom at the Camias Resettlement Elementary School at Porac, Pampanga, north of Manila on Feb 14, 2012. Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed a law on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, giving children three extra years of schooling, one of his key reforms aimed at lifting the country out of poverty. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed a law on Wednesday giving children three extra years of schooling, one of his key reforms aimed at lifting the country out of poverty.

The law makes enrolment in kindergarten compulsory before children can begin the traditional six years of primary school.

State-run high schools, which currently only have a four-year curriculum, will also be required to add two extra years. Students will have to complete the extra education to qualify for university.

"We now know that our traditional 10-year basic education cycle is deficient," Mr Aquino said at a ceremony where he signed the law.

 
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