Today in Philippine History, August 7, 1940, the National Assembly passed the Educational Act of 1940

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   Philippine Educational Act of 1940

On August 7, 1940, the National Assembly passed the Educational Act of 1940, providing among others, for the reduction of the elementary course from seven to six years.

The same Act fixed the school entrance age at seven years and required compulsory attendance in the primary grades for all children enrolling in grade 1, adoption of the single-session, one class in the morning and another in the afternoon under one teacher to accommodate more children, and the support of public elementary education by the national government.

Notedly, during the Commonwealth period, President Manuel Quezon, in his desire to improve the educational system in the Philippines, created the National Council for Education which served as an advisory body on educational matters.

Today in Philippine History,  August 7, 1940, the National Assembly passed the Educational Act of 1940

Significant educational developments during the Commonwealth period included:

  • The revision of the curricula in the elementary and secondary levels;
  • Introduction of adult education to eliminate illiteracy as well as vocational and;
  • Citizenship training to adult citizens in the country.

Reference:
Philippines News Agency archives


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