Recent data from the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) shows that only 33% of college-aged Filipinos are currently enrolled. The reality is thousands of underserved Filipinos whose chances of getting into college and finishing their degree is hampered by their circumstances. PHINMA Education, by intent and design, has been addressing this issue for the past 18 years.
PHINMA Education prides itself on crafting programs and interventions that make it easy for underserved students to get the quality education they want and deserve. At present, the education network operates 10 schools in the Philippines and Indonesia and has over 95,000 students. Sixty percent of the mentioned number of students are benefiting from the Hawak Kamay Scholarship program that provides discounts of up to 75% on enrollment fees. In addition, PHINMA Education launched KANLUNGAN in 2021; it is a free individual therapy program for both employees and students.
Learning strategies that adapt to changing needs
PHINMA Education believes that learning should not cease, even during a pandemic. Hence, PHINMA prepared models that would provide students the flexibility they require. Dr. Chito B. Salazar, PHINMA Education President and CEO shares, “Our models proved to be so successful that we are now making them a permanent option for our schools.”
The two models, Flex Learning and Remote and Distance (RAD) Learning, relied on printed activity sheets combined with strong teacher and peer support through a mobile data allocation that renewed every month. At no additional cost, students were able to access Facebook Messenger and G-suite tools to do their course work and attend webinars. FlexLearning students will have in-person classes once regulations allow, while RadLearning students will continue to be home-based.
PHINMA Education has a 79% board passing rate for first-time takers. In the recently concluded Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE), the five PHINMA Education schools with first-time takers averaged 97%. From 2004 to May 2022, the network has had 122 board exam topnotchers in the Philippines across courses such as Nursing, Education, Criminology, Electrical Engineering, Medical Technology, and Medicine.
More than 70% of PHINMA Education graduates are employed within a year after graduation. “We believe that the school’s responsibility does not stop the moment a student graduates. Rather, schools should keep supporting their students, including ensuring that they get the help they need to get employed after graduation,” Dr. Salazar stated. PHINMA Education partners with companies that provide training and internships to help students become work-ready.
For more than two decades, PHINMA Education has shown that quality, private education does not need to be expensive to be effective. Serving underserved students by tailoring its strategies to their needs, resources, and aspirations, has enabled it to make lives better through education. It’s a mission that the company is determined to pursue even more diligently in the years to come.