Is free education available in your country?

@scheng1 (24748)
Singapore
October 19, 2011 8:52am CST
Over here, education is not free. It is never free, even for kindergarten or elementary schools. The government subsidies basic education, up to high school. After that, the polytechnics and colleges have the freedom to set the price of education. Is education free in your country? Do you think government should provide free education, so that all students have a good start in life?
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@tessa9 (1086)
• Philippines
19 Oct 11
It is definitely not free. They make it sound like it's free but there are lots of miscellaneous. But that concerns only elementary though. I have never seen a college here that that was free.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
19 Oct 11
Hi Tessa, over here, even elementary education is not free. There are school fees, and many other fees. The kids need to have enrichment classes after school in order to learn more and pass examination. They have to buy school uniforms, textbooks, school bus, and they need pocket money for meal break too. Even the schools bring elementary students on overseas study holiday. That means parents have to fork out even more money for the airtickets and hotel accommodation. That adds up to a lot of money in a year.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
20 Oct 11
Same here, nothing is free when comes to education. Even elementary education needs quite a lot of money to be spend per year. That's why, i had read in the newspaper that some parents prefer not to send their children to elementary education due to shortage of money.
@waflay (2727)
• Nairobi, Kenya
20 Oct 11
Hi Gavrilovich, my country has been offering free education for about ten years now, but the issue that is making the program somehow hard to maintain is corruption and teachers are reluctant to do their jobs to the fullest.Government primary schools are free, but we prefer private- expensive but quality education.
@mythociate (15753)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
21 Oct 11
I HATE when people misuse that word (as you are doing). Because what you are talking about IS NOT and NEVER WAS "education." I HATE when governments usurp that word and present it as 'something they can give you if they feel like it.' NOOOOOOOO!! It IS NOT something that ANYONE can give me! (If anybody ever DID give me an 'education,' somebody needs to sue them for R@PING ME!... and that's how ANGRY the misuse of that word makes me ) The word "education" comes from the word "educe," which means 'to manifest from within.' What they give you at those places is "schooling"---where they let you 'educate' yourself. For example: reading: you could read any language you wanted, but they will only 'school' you in their language. But--to the question I think you meant to ask--"is SCHOOLING free in your country?": No. Oh, it's free 'to the students' through high-school and possibly -through college (if their parents are still footing the bill as they had through high-school); but nobody is teaching for free (not WITHIN the school). Money is the true education.
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@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
27 Oct 11
Hi Mythociate, there is nothing to get angry with. The whole world understand the term, education, as I have understood it. After all, nobody, except you, has surfaced the original usage of the word. if this generation has changed its understand of this word. Next generation will understand it even differently. Over here, nothing is free. Parents have to pay for everything, including uniforms, textbooks, workbooks, worksheets, and compulsory extra lessons arranged by schools.
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@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
24 Oct 11
the government had this program we have the free to buy reading books and free education. but still we have to buy uniform and shoes and writing books. so there is no absolutely free education
• Philippines
25 Oct 11
not everything is free. we even need to pay the transportation fees.
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
26 Oct 11
it is that education still does some cost i am so lucky that i can gain a good education even to reach that, i have to sacrifice so many things- material and immaterial
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
27 Oct 11
Hi Ifa, if our government provides certain things free, it will help the country a lot. Over here, the government subsidies school fees, but not textbooks, workbooks, uniform, canteen food, and transportation. Children need access to computers too. Many schools are using intranet to upload homework, and if they do not have computers, then they do not even know what to do.
@ferbjohn69 (1129)
• Philippines
20 Oct 11
I live in the Philippines,and education here is free from kinder to high school.Even at college the fee in some polytechnic universities is very low.But even if education here is almost free poverty is still widespread.That's why I am having a doubt that education is the key to success.Hehe Education here is free,unlike,other counties.But Philippines is still poor because many don't value the importance of education.That's my opinion. In other countries there is noting such as free education but many strive hard to go to school,but here even education is free many still cannot go to school because of poverty.haha.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
27 Oct 11
Hi Ferbjohn, the free education is good. But the ability to maintain a high standard is not there. I think partly has to do with the culture of the people. Over here, most of us are Chinese, and we think very long term. Even children are trained to think about their future when they were young, From what i know about the culture in Philippines, most people enjoy life and do not worry about the future. They do not aim for high paying jobs, nor do they study very hard for the sake of a better future. Most people just take life easy, and live happily without thinking about the future of themselves or their children. The government does not really help in maintaining a high standard of education in the country as well.
• Philippines
27 Oct 11
Yes,that's true.Many filipinos are careless about their future.Many of us just have fun,sing songs in the street,watch boring tv shows,and do useless things.Well I am not one of them.I am working very hard to have a good future. Even education here is free many still don't go to schools because of several lame reasons.:(
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
27 Oct 11
Hi Ferbjohn, wonder the richest person in your country is a Chinese! I think with the attitude of the Filipinos, it is hard for the country to make progress. You are the exception. Do you have Chinese genes? Sometimes when people have an ancestor who is a Chinese, they tend to think differently. Just hope that people can learn to plan for the future, even if not for themselves, they have to think of the future of the children.
@iva75cpb (729)
• Bulgaria
19 Oct 11
In my country education is free until graduation from high school. Daycares and kindergartens are not free. As to the University admittion, there is a possibility to be free upon high school diploma grades and exam results. But it applies only to one University degree. If one ever decides to have an additional qualification or a different second University degree, it isn't free.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
24 Oct 11
Hi Iva, at least there is a chance of free education all the way to first degree. over here, nothing is free. Not even elementary school education or high school education. Even though the government subsidies the education till high school, parents still have to pay the school fee, miscellaneous fees, school uniform, pocket money for kids to buy food, school bus, enrichment class and additional tuition class. Even though some of these enrichment classes are organized by schools, the fees are very expensive. Nearly all students by age 10 will need to use a computer to do homework. That means having a computer at home is a must. Teachers can give out homework through intranet, so if a poor family does not have computer, the kids cannot do their homework.
@iva75cpb (729)
• Bulgaria
24 Oct 11
Sorry to hear about that. This only comes to show that no matter how poor my country is and how bad we live, at least we should consider ourselves lucky that someone, at some point, has come to the reasonable notion that not everyone can afford paid education and that it should be free at least until graduation from high school.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
25 Oct 11
Hi Iva, I think the government is even sorrier than that. Because of the high cost of living, and education for chidren, many married couples do not want to have children at all. As a result, the fertility rate is among the lowest in the world. Probably still better than Japan, but worse than other countries. Nobody wants to saddle with so much debt just because of a kid.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
21 Oct 11
In the USA, school is free to all residents of the school district from kinder through high school. For the most part, this is handled by the state, not the national government, so the rules vary from state to state. School attendance is compulsory from age 6 to 16, or high school graduation. in most states. Any schooling beyond high school is on a fee basis. State schools are usually cheaper than private schools.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
27 Oct 11
Hi Bellis, at least the students have a chance to get a good start in life. Over here, nothing is free, not even a hot beverage during the school hours. Parents have to pay for everything, from uniform to worksheets. I think the culture of hard work and the high cost of education make parents push the children to work very hard. Many kids are having extra lessons after schooling hours. All these mean extra cost for the parents. Even though we do not have free education, we still have to pay a lot of taxes.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
28 Oct 11
Sad,y, many students do not take advantage of the opportunity to get an education. They go to school spasmodically and don't pay attention when they are there. As soon as they are old enough, they drop out. Many have not learned enough to fill out an application for a job, so they hang out in the streets and get into trouble. Thankfully, as a whole, there are more who do appreciate being able to get an education. College is not free. Many students get student loans to pay for college and spend a couple of decades paying them off.javascript:__doPostBack('ctl00$cphMainContent$lbStart','')
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
28 Oct 11
Hi Bellis, yes, over here the college costs a bomb too. Many students do not want to burden their parents, since education is never free, and higher education means no subsidy from the government. It will take a few years to pay off the study loan. Over here, guys need to go to the army for two to three years before entering college. It is a compulsory national service. Even though they get an allowance, the amount is too little to pay for college education. By the time they pay off college loan, they are about 30 years old.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
21 Oct 11
Im in USA. at least at the time my kids were going to school it was free from the preschool through high school. When there is some extra stuff such as field trips parents had to help out with the cost and send $$ with the permission slip. It wasnt much. School lunchs and breakfast were charged. Poor parent had to apply for reduced or free meals.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
27 Oct 11
Hi Jdyrj, at least the parents from poor family background can apply for free meals for their kids. Over here, education is not free, and schools do not provide any meal. The kids have to pay for meals in the school canteen. if they forget to bring money or food, they have to borrow from others or go hungry. I think the high cost of education pushes the parents to exert pressure on the kids. After all, they are the ones paying for it.
• Philippines
27 Oct 11
Here in my place,philippines,there aren't things such free meals also.Kids have to bring their own money or meal or else they will be hungry. The canteen is also filled with overpriced junk foods.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
27 Oct 11
My daughters family applied for the free lunches and breakfasts. The school determined they made too much money. Ok so then my daughter desided they should eat breakfast at home and carry their lunches. The school has been charging them even thought the kids are not eating school food.
• United States
20 Oct 11
In the USA we are told we have 'free' education in our public schools. That is the case only if no one pays taxes and taxes seem to go up every year. As long as people of any country pay taxes to their government, there is no 'free' anything. People just pay for it under another name. Our 'free' education is getting worse every year. We have dropped from a leading country in education to 25th in mathematics; 17th in science; and 14th in reading out of 34 countries. Maybe it's better to stop paying taxes for schooling and go the private pay route in our public schools. If everyone paid privately, costs would be less than the $10,000+ currently paid for each student and we just might pay closer attention to how little our children are really learning.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
27 Oct 11
Hi Mysticmaggie, over here, we pay taxes too, both income tax and sales tax, and various taxes, yet we do not have free education. The schools do not provide free meals too, not even a hot beverage for the students at any time. Parents have to fork out money for everything, including a computer so that students can do homework. Many schools are aiming for high ranking, so they have compulsory classes after schools. These are not free either. Parents have to pay extra for the lessons, and course material. I think that is the reason for the high international ranking for our students. Over the past few years, our students have consistently rank very high in Maths and Science. The cost of such high standard unfortunately is on the parents, not government.
• United States
27 Oct 11
And I think you are exactly right! The more government gives, the less the people do. That has always and will always be the case. If people are 'given' everything, what do they have to work toward? Nothing. That is one reason I am for people getting off their rumps, standing up,taking responsiblity for their own lives, and making government as small as possible. If the governments want to repair the roads, great, but get out of schools, businesses, and homes. Things can only get beter.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
28 Oct 11
Hi Mysticmaggie, now that the governments in many countries have given so much, it is hard to take back. I mean, the people are too used to taking whatever they can from the governments. if the government starts to take away the freebies, then the people will revolt. I do not think the politicians will dare to take such a risk.
@beingwell (3625)
• Thailand
20 Oct 11
Sounds just like my country!hahaha! I don't think anything is free in my country.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
26 Oct 11
haha Beingwell, at least the air is still free. I think when government starts to tax us for breathing, then we better move away! I wonder how is the flood in your country? It seems to get worse and worse. I just hope that the price of rice will not double next year, otherwise many people have to cut down on eating.
@beingwell (3625)
• Thailand
27 Oct 11
Oh! I'm from the Philippines, scheng. I was referring to PH islands back there! Anyway, Thailand seems to be all over the news, my friend tells me. Contrary to the news though, we're blessed to have sunny weather these past days. We're expecting the floods to come in this weekend here in Bangkok. Till then, we're praying that everything goes well. Let the flood pass and let it go straight to the seas.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
27 Oct 11
Hi Beingwell, how come you put Thailand, Bangkok in your profile? I think you have to update your profile correctly. Hopefully the price of rice will keep constant. Maybe you have enough rice in your country, but for the rest of us, we have to rely on Thailand for our food. Fortunately we do not book any tour to Thailand. it will not be enjoyable when it rains and rains whole day.
@buenavida (8147)
• Sweden
20 Oct 11
The schools are free here but when I studied as an adult, I had to take a loan to be able to live while I studied. The study loan disappeared almost two years ago, from January the year I became 65. So I´m free now but it would be hard to pay the loan as my income has become so much lower. It was great to study though, I have used the English I learned earlier a lot, and am still using it for earning a bit online..
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
26 Oct 11
Hi Buenavida, at least you enjoy free education when you were young. Over here, we do not have free anything, and parents have to struggle to pay for their kids to study. There are many costs associated with education. Our kids here still wear uniforms, so that means a few sets of school uniforms and T-shirts for physical education. On top of that, some kids take up uniformed groups as their after school activities, and that incur more cost. Those kids need to use computers for homework. Parents have to fork out more money to buy computers for children. They have to pay for the food in school too, else their kids will have to go hungry! Imagine if your government stops paying for free education!
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@buenavida (8147)
• Sweden
26 Oct 11
That sounds hard at least for low income people - I guess that if we had so high cost, many would not be able to have as much education as they wanted. This world is not fair and I hope that the new world that the Bible promises will be here soon. So far the prophecies have been fulfilled, so I believe that the rest will happen in the right time. I often go to watchtower.org and find some good articles about this. So many need hope for the future and we cannot hope that the human governments can change the world. Only a heavenly government can..
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
27 Oct 11
Hi Buenavida, I think only the rich do not find life difficult. They see more business opportunities, because they have more resources than us. They also have more contacts with bankers and other investors. When we see the educational level declined in so many countries, they see opportunities to set up private schools and make money off it. I think it is a matter of perspective. No matter how hard life is for so people, there are always others who can profit from it.
@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
19 Oct 11
Education is not free here. The schools receive government grants to help support their needs, but there are still tuition or book fees with all grades. If you are of a lower income however, you can apply for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program and if you qualify for that some schools will also allow you to waive the tuition fee. Government programs are in place to help the lower income households with children so that the children are getting their needs met, including education. My only beef with this whole setup is that they give this assistance out to illegal immigrants which drains the system and sometimes makes it more difficult for citizens to get the help they need.
@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
24 Oct 11
I couldn't have said it better myself. Indeed, it is a poorly setup system if illegals are receiving the aid that is being paid for by the taxes of legal citizens. As part of the lower middle class, I have applied for assistance at times and it irks me that I see mostly illegals receiving the same assistance. Although I empathize with their human situation, I do not sympathize with them because they are illegal which, for whatever reason, appears to no longer be considered a crime because we give them so much aid.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
24 Oct 11
Hi Tinkerick, I think while they are illegal, their children are not. Many of them go to your country, and give birth to tons of children. These children are US citizens, so they are entitled to citizen rights. I think those parents are smart enough to use their children as excuses or reasons to apply for all kinds of financial aids. I heard that certain maternity nursing homes are booming, because they cater to rich Chinese who go to your country to give birth. Those Chinese are very smart too. They do not want their children to get stuck in China forever, so they give birth in US, for the sake of a better future for the kids.
@wmaths (536)
• Italy
19 Oct 11
yes, it is. but it is becoming really annoying the fact that here in Italy there are two kind of schools: the private and the public ones. The problem is that people who go to the private ones generally receive a better education. this is not socially correct, in order to defend the poorest classes.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
24 Oct 11
Hi Wmaths, as long as the poor kids can go to school, that is better than many kids in other countries. Over in Asia, education is not free, and many kids from the poor region do not go to school. While some organizations do give free education to those kids, the standard is very low, and kids cannot get out of poverty cycle. They are doomed to the life of the poor. At least in your country, everyone gets educated. Even if the public education is nothing to be proud of, the students still can achieve great things in life if they put in effort to educate themselves after the completion of formal education.
@wmaths (536)
• Italy
24 Oct 11
i am so sorry for what happens in your country, talking about education of poor children. I hope things will go better in the following years, depending also on the kind of gouvernment that there will be...
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
24 Oct 11
Hi Wmaths, you have misread my reply. I am talking about some parts of Asia, and not about my country. My country has one of the best educational system in the world, even though it is not free at all. Our students study very hard, and teachers are very motivated to produce the top students in the nation. I think if you read those international studies about students who consistently scored high in international maths and science tests, you will find Singapore students always near the top. It is hard to beat the standard of education here. Many colleges in other countries are fighting for our students to study there. They know that having bright students can improve their overall ranking.
• United States
3 Nov 11
In the USA, unless you go to a college or university the school are free. This would be our public system schools. There are also private schools though and those are at a cost.
• United States
11 Nov 11
That doesn't sound very promising at all.
@anil02 (2968)
• India
20 Oct 11
Education is our country is not free. specially higher education. School education although available almost at nominal charges in Government schools. Books is also available free of charges. For the students up to 8th standard midday meal is also given by government without any charges.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
27 Oct 11
Hi Anil02, that is far better than here. Over here, government does not provide free education. Textbook is not given free, nor the meals given free. Nothing is free, so parents have to pay for everything. The government subsidies the school fees up to till high school, and then everything else beyond that is market rate. That means the fee for collge, plus all costs associated by the higher education, have to bear by the people. Some students take up study loan, and they have to spend years repaying it.
@anil02 (2968)
• India
27 Oct 11
Hello, India government is doing all this but still it is not enough to improve education in India. Here quality of education is not good one. Quality of higher education is too much poor.
• Indonesia
19 Oct 11
no, only few organitation do it. our government always say it, but in fact, we must pay for get it. even poor people, so they can't learn at school.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
24 Oct 11
Hi Henkiprananda, surprisingly to hear that some organizations are offering free education, but government is not doing it. If only government can ensure a few years of free education, that will help a lot. I think the poor kids have a chance to get out of poverty if they can learn to read and write, and have the foundation for further education. As it is, the education system in many countries are making the rich richer, and the poor are forever trapped.
• Indonesia
24 Oct 11
you right. education in my country is only way to get more money from people who work at our government. that make me so sad.
@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
14 Mar 13
In my country education is paid through taxes. Elementary school, high school and even university are free, but our taxes are extremely high. When you are a student you don't pay directly for your education, but when you finish your education and start working a big percentage of your money goes to taxes. The people with the highest incomes only keep about 30% of the money that they earn, the rest of the money goes to taxes. Without those very high taxes it wouldn't be possible to provide free education for everyone. It is possible to go all the way from elementary school to University without paying directly for your education, but there are also private elementary schools where education isn't free.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
17 Mar 13
Hi Porcospino, over here, the tax rate is relatively low, but we do not have free education. In fact, there is nothing free over here. Our electricity rate is one of the highest in the region, even more expensive than Japan. I think that is good in a sense, since we are paying for things that we use, and not paying the government.
@dandan07 (1908)
• China
10 Mar 13
We have been told that we can have nine year free education in the country, but most of the time, we still have to pay for getting the education. In present time, having nine year education is just enough for you to go out but not enough for you to get a job. To get a job, you should have certification of more than 12 years education here. Now we can use the internet to have free classes, which are provided by the American and other countries university. But you first should know English to help you understand the classes.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
10 Mar 13
Hi Dandan, yes, I agree. At least over here, the government does not say that they will provide free education. they provide subsidies, but still there are so many things to buy. The parents have to buy textbooks, get a tutor to help in the weak subjects, get a computer so that their kids can do homework, and buy school uniforms. The cost of education is very high. The problem is that after graduation, the salary that you get is very low compared to all the expenses that your parents have paid.
@globaldoc (860)
• Philippines
5 Nov 11
Yes, our country has free education in public schools. However, the problem is, I usually see these schools to have such terrible or low standards of education, and I really pity the kids. I think that for every school, whether public or private, the educational standards should be regulated.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
6 Nov 11
Hi Globaldoc, I pity the teachers too. If teachers have to deal with all the kids who misbehave, then they cannot focus on teaching well. I think that is a national problem. The government has to ensure that teachers are well paid, and that the standard of education is maintained. It has to send teachers for motivation courses and upgrading courses. it has to provide more incentives for students to work hard too. No point giving free education to students who refuse to study.
• Philippines
25 Oct 11
Yes there is Free Education in Manila Philippines. There is this state university Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila(PLM), a university in its Filipino name. It's highly subsidized by the City Government of Manila. An Entrance Exam is provided to assess if the student is eligible to study in PLM. Only Manila citizens are accepted in PLM but High school valedictorians can try to enter PLM though they do not live in Manila.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
27 Oct 11
Hi Francis, that sounds great. That means students who are poor can have the chance to get a good education, and get out of poverty cycle. Hopefully students in your country can recognize how lucky they are. Had they born in my country, their parents would have to work very hard, or else they have to start working and saving up for university course later on.
@youless (93132)
• Guangzhou, China
20 Oct 11
The education seems to be free from primary school until middle school. But actually the education charge is just higher and higher. We have to pay a lot when our children go to kindergarten. And if you want to have a good primary school, then you have to pay for an expensive cost. It can be much more expensive than university. It is really crazy. I love China
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
26 Oct 11
Hi Youless, yes, the education system in your country is really crazy. Teachers only know how to ask children to memorize and study hard. That is not the best way of learning anything, and children have to spend hours and hours doing homework. I think for parents in the countryside, they really cannot afford to send their kids to universities, even when those kids are very smart. Just too bad that the rich are very rich in your country, while the poor hardly have enough to eat. The government is full of corrupted officials, and they do not and cannot really help much.