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Education is one of those things that is considered pretty important throughout the
world, but it still remains that not every country does it the same and indeed some
countries are better at it than others. For someone who is born and raised in the
Philippines, I often assume that the education systems in the west are the best since we
look up to them in terms of economy and technology, but that may not actually be true.
Based on educational system polls that periodically checks such assumptions by
comparing measurable things like grades and attempt to rank different countries
according to the success of their education system may give us a bird’s eye view of
what’s the country with the best education system, however If I were to choose, I’d still
consider an education system that offers the people with great cultural importance, equal
opportunities and support. Those main characteristic that I would consider is widely
known and applied in the system of Japan, an Asian country.
First, let’s take a tour on how the educational system works in Japan. The country
adapats a 6-3-3-4 system (6 years of elementary, 3 years of junior igh, 3 years of senior
high and, 4 years of university). Japan has the world’s best-educated populations, with
100% enrollment in compulsory grades and zero illiteracy. While not compulsory, high
school (koukou) enrollment is over 96% nationwide and nearly 100% in the cities. The
high school drop out rate is about 2% and has been increasing.   About 46% of all high
school graduates go on to university or junior college. The Ministry of Education closely
supervises curriculum, textbooks, classes and maintains a uniform level of education
throughout the country. As a result, a high standard of education is possible.
In any culture, school is an important influence in the early years of a person’s
life. Japanese students spend a larger amount of time in school than their western
counterparts, and as such, the education system plays a large role in how they grow up, fit
into society and relate to problems in adulthood.
Submitted by:
Andrea Claire C. Malonzo

comprising 6 years of compulsory education. The Japanese educational system also gives emphasis on financial support. Some might have to take long walks in order to have access the free education. In developing countries like Thailand. Malonzo . School emphasizes diligence. business corporations and local governments. 3 years of lower secondary education and. the quality of the Thai education system has been worsening at an alarmingly rapid rate based on the educational system polls. Overwhelmed by inadequate funding. and into the realms of respectability and wealth. a variety of scholarship programs are available mainly for college/graduate school tuition. The salaries of Thai teachers are so miserably low that many have to find Submitted by: Andrea Claire C. focusing on the quality of teachers has proved to be an effective method to kick-start educational reform elsewhere. and it is the amount of effort that they put into their work that will determine the standard. Thais see education as the great social equalizer and the route to success in life. The programs are sponsored by scholarship institutes. some school in Thailand doesn’t reach the rural areas. there may be a lot of things that Thailand have to catch up to. including both grant and loan programs. Tertiary education normally requires four years of study. For children from households with financial needs. The structure of the education system is also structured on the idea that all people are born with the same mental capacity and intelligence. From what I learned. self-criticism and wellorganized study habits. respect and achievement and these values are apparent in the education system. Many colleges/universities also offer their own scholarship program. huge class size and less opportunity for teacher growth. they follow a 6-3-3 system. from what I have learned. Thai Education System id one of the worst and is worsening every year. education is perceived as the only way to lift oneself out of poverty. On the other hand.Japanese tradition values honour. 3 years of upper secondary education. Looking at their educational system. Thailand's education system was ranked 37th out of 40 countries assessed (Pearson’s 2012 Global Index). however. Aside from this. In the course of the past few years.

Although there are still some disagreements on the organization structure. there are relevant laws. In fact. and uncertainty about the redeployment of the education staff in the central offices. regulations and rules that are being proposed in accordance with the reform. The on-going education reform has turned the education system to a turning point. there will be a point that it can be settled.sideline jobs to survive. it may not be too optimistic to say that the education system in Thailand has moved towards the desirable direction. In the view of the writer. The reform is not just only in one segment. but the whole education system. which is the essence of the transition. there have been a number of attempts from the concerned Departments and agencies to move towards this direction. Submitted by: Andrea Claire C. Malonzo ." from the teacher-centered model to the learner-centered approach. These will facilitate and made the reform possible. the most crucial aspect of the reform is the "reform of learning. In addition. I think the government has called for reforms over the years. Although. Although the reform of the education system has just begun. instead of focusing their energy on teaching their students well.