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Which is Better Private School or Public School

Updated on October 2, 2012

It takes a village to raise a child. - African Proverb

A school institution is a place where kids could learn a lot of things to help them become responsible and productive citizens in the society in the near future. It is the place where education is given great importance as the kids learn values, pile up knowledge and necessary skills that are essential when they become adults. It is the place where kids could experience memorable moments that are priceless and would be treasured for the rest of their lives. And last but definitely not the least a school can be likened to a playground where they will get involved with series of extra-curricular activities that could hone their socialization skills. The school also provide kids the opportunity to further polish their God-endowed talents like in music, arts, sports and the likes. The possibilities that could benefit our kids are indeed limitless. Since school is important sometimes we are stacked with this question: What is better Public School or Private School? I have been teaching college and high school students for the past eight years and finished my elementary and high school in public, I believe that, I already has a bird's eye view of which is better. However, I can only speak of the setting here in the Philippines as situations in other places might vary.

Pros and cons of Attending in Private School

Security – Most private schools have tighter and stricter security than that of the public schools. Private schools hire more security guards because they have ample budget.

Quality of Students – Most students that attend in a private school are rich, and some of them are spoiled brats, sorry for my French. These kinds of students are the ones that make life difficult for teachers and even to their classmates as they are often get involved in troubles in the school. Teachers here should know classroom management well to prevent any untoward incidents to happen.

Quality of Teachers – Some private schools here in the Philippines hire unlicensed teachers. However this scene is slowly being phased out since the Department of Education and Culture and Sports (DECS) are now strict with the hiring of the private school’s teaching personnel Things seemed to be equal in terms of talent, potential and quality of work dished out by both the public and private teachers. it is also worth mentioning that the private school teachers constantly monitored.

Facilities – In the Philippines, the private school facilities including computer rooms, laboratories are considered to be better than that of the public schools.

Quality of Lessons Taught – The lessons taught in private school tends to be more advance than that of the public schools, however no matter how advance the lessons are, execution still plays a vital part. Lessons should be given and taught by the teachers to the best of their abilities and make sure that the students learn and mastered the lesson well.

Moral Values – Private Christian schools tend to be conservative while they embrace the norms and standards that they set and implements. Most Christian Schools here in the country produces well-behaved students.

Pros and cons of Attending in Public School

Security – Public elementary schools normally doesn’t experience any problems with security, however, there is a big problem in public high school here in the Philippines. Since children came from families with different social background, more brotherhoods and fraternities are formed this is very disturbing.

Quality of Students – Public school is a mixture of extremes, meaning it is an institution where you can find the very bright students and at the same time the ones that find learning very difficult. In most national contest such as Quiz Bee, news writing and the likes students from public schools normally takes the highest plum although the students from private are also very capable. The very bright students of the public school have a small edge over that of the students in private school.

Quality of Teachers – All teachers in the public school (high school and elementary) in the Philippines are licensed, but since the vast majority of them are not constantly monitored with their respective principal or superiors, they tend to get relaxed, be succinct and sometimes tend to be sluggish in whipping up decent and comprehensive lesson plan that they could use to teach students effectively. But this observation is not in general since there are also some that are irresponsible.

Facilities – In the Philippines, there is no doubt that the facilities of the public schools lag behind than that of the private school. But since there are more bright students and very innovative teachers in the public school, resourcefulness and creativity makes both ends meet in terms of using available resources and indigenous materials to compensate for what is lacking

Quality of Lessons Taught – Private schools definitely have the edge, but many public high schools have special Science section that could compete with that of the private school.

Moral Values – since public schools tend to be the melting pot of different students with different status in life most likely there are some students that lack appropriate manners and this can cause domino effect on the their schoolmates. But overall. the public school teachers will exhort to all kinds of effective teaching method and employ classroom management to correct mistakes and erect right values on the students.

Conclusion: Practicality, school’s security, and quality of teachers, facilities and environment will truly determine your choice of school which will suit your kids.

Sometimes the place to attend school is not the issue, because what will boil down at the end is what your kids would learn, and acquire in school. Student factor is still the best, your kid is still the one that earns the grade and if he gets very lucky then he could even obtain accolades. It is also advisable that parents regularly monitor the performance of their kids and offer the much-needed help in aiding them to understand their lessons.

My 29th Hub in the HubChallenge.


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      7 years ago

      who is the author of this article?

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      8 years ago

      Is not an issue which is good private or public school. It depends on yourself how to cope with different environment and how you use your hidden talent.

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      8 years ago

      it's a is a freedom to choose.both has its worth..we can only feel its importance if we can trully value its importance and be able to apply what we have gained from either of the two...what important is the knowledge that wwe have gained!

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      8 years ago from Texas , USA

      Private schools appear to be better at educating students but I would argue that they have students from homes who support their education. If private schools were forced to accept all kids they would find their scores dropping quickly.

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      9 years ago

      I went to Private High School in the Philipines and Public School in College but until now I am still lack of social skills. Now, I am going back to school again but in the U.S. I am good in exams especially if it's memorization but I am not good in oral recitations. I don't know or maybe I am really not good in public speaking.

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      9 years ago

      Great exploration on which offers better (bitter?) education, public or private school. It depends on the kind of students attending school and how they value teachings. There would be no debate on this, actually. How we use our learnings makes the difference.

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      Romano Arnesto 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      I've been to public and private schools. Books are shared in public but in private you must buy your own. And the teachings are more secured in private institutions; maybe because of the limitations of students per section that you can concentrate more studying.

      It still depend on the student if he/she really wants to excel, whether he/she studies in public or private school.

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      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      There are indeed a lot of problems when it comes to educational systems in our country... especially in the rural settings, maybe it would help that someone would complain about this in regional offices to address the problem...

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      9 years ago

      You might want to study how schools here in ARMM Region works. The hiring of teachers in Public schools, though not all but most of them are non licensed. I dont know how depEd couldn't do something to solve the problem.

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      @Abece and Rhav- nice points dished out there...

      thanks for the visit!

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      9 years ago

      the SCHOOL IS THE HOLY TEMPLE ON THE EARTH,BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SCHOOLs GROWing THE CHILDHOOD!THE MOST THING IS THAT IN THE SCHOOL WE LEARN THE TRUTH?today we use the high technology for haking the data of others!!what we earn by this type of progress!use of electricty in the business of sex?IS this is necessary? the sex education in the schools?this is the evil task to heat the menkind in the name of progress,Lord having too many handsand eyes to see our activity?follow the fourfooted,they not ran after the collection of burdon!we alone responsible for our act,good learning in always bring the good reasult in both schools!1

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      Lady Liberty 

      9 years ago from These United States, Texas

      I went to public school, many of my friends to private. I felt my education was better, they lacked academic skills, but were great with social skills. I think it truly depends on the Superintendet of the school. You are only as good as you are trained and held accountable.

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      Gener Geminiano 

      10 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Thanks a lot for the visit!

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      Maximum A 

      10 years ago

      very informational hub. not all kids from private school are spoiled brats, but ur right it's the general picture :-p there are public schools that are way above private schools, like the Regional Science High School in Gusa, but as you've mentioned, the problems with public schools are the lack of facilities (or proper maintenance) and enough quality materials. the gov't gave several computers to public schools years ago, but they were never used because there was no technician and computer teacher. sad...public schools should be on par with private schools. the phil. gov't should really look into it.

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      10 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      @ Aussie - good for you there thanks a lot for the visit...

      @ bfloyd - yeah it is indeed.. thanks for the visit...

    • Aussieteacher profile image


      10 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

      My experience is with schools in Australia. I was lucky enough to have had the ability to get my children into private schools (one on a half scholarship) and I am pleased about the results. Two of my grandchildren go to a private school, and it is awesome. Expensive, with good facilities, and in Australia no need for security.

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      Brendon Floyd 

      10 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      I think both private and public schools are set up to provide education to different populations (I am only talking about schools within the U.S., I do know enough about schools outside the U.S). The idea of the public school is to provide equal education to all regardless of ability (inclusion) and the private school can pick and choose their students. I personally think public schools are better because of the exposure a student gets to race, class. gender and social issues. A private school simply does not have this exposure because it does serve the same population. However, I think it comes down to districts and location. Each school, public and private, have their own unique set of positive and negative attributes.

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      Gener Geminiano 

      10 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      @lyria - both sides have their strengths and i think It is better if you experienced attending in both... :D

      @ Hub LLama - thanks for the visit you have a nice avatar... gives me an impression you are from South America...

      @MG - yeah sometimes you need to consider the resources you have...

      Thanks a lot guys for the visit... :D

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      10 years ago from Anaheim, California

      I went to an private elementary school in a 3rd world country and then when I moved to the U.S. I started high school. I was way ahead in many of the courses compared to the other freshmen high school kids. I think it was a result of me going to a private school outside of the U.S. The private & public schools in my opinion within the U.S. are pretty low in actually providing education. My public high school was good but the expertise of the teachers lacked severely compared to that of private schools. In the end I don't think it matters whether one goes to private or public schools. It comes down to the parents, student and finally the teachers. The parents to provide the right guidance and motivation, the student to have the will to learn and follow the guidance provided by parents & teachers. The teachers for they will leaving a lasting impression their students, whether it be a positive or negative one. Just my 2 cents.

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      Money Glitch 

      10 years ago from Texas

      You are right General there are pros and cons to both public and private school education. Most of my friends that can afford it have chosen to send their kids to private school for the education with at least a year of public school to become well rounded in exposure to what the world is like as a whole.

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      Arctic Llama 

      10 years ago from Denver, CO

      Seems pretty generic, although I don't know much about school in the Philippines. Here in America, it all depends on the school district and the private school.

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      10 years ago

      I went to a private elementary school and then to a public high school. I was way ahead of most the material that was being taught in the public high school although I lacked in social skills and had a narrow perspective on many issues. Needless to say, I learned how to get along with kids from all types of backgrounds in the public school which can't be taught in the classroom.


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