Edukasyon.ph secures more funds for online K-12 tutoring services

Teachers make use of green screen in filming lectures in preparation for the opening of classes at a school in Valenzuela City in Metro Manila, Philippines on October 2, 2020. EdTech startup Edukasyon.ph announced funding for EDGE Tutor: their online tutoring service platform. (Photo by Lisa Marie David/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Teachers make use of green screen in filming lectures in preparation for the opening of classes at a school in Valenzuela City in Metro Manila, Philippines on October 2, 2020. EdTech startup Edukasyon.ph announced funding for EDGE Tutor: their online tutoring service platform. (Photo by Lisa Marie David/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Edukasyon.ph announces that they have raised an unspecified amount of funds for EDGE Tutor: their online tutoring service platform.

The education technology (EdTech) start-up hopes that their latest project “will cater to the rising demand for quality, affordable academic support for the country's 27 million learners navigating the K-12 curriculum in the digital world,” according to a statement sent to Yahoo Philippines.

Currently, EDGE Tutor lets parents book their children for one-on-one English and Math lessons (which differ for each K-12 grade level) with certified online tutors. Although interested parties can register for one free trial, multiple sessions are worth around P500 to P4,200, depending on their chosen pricing plan.

Besides thanking their follow-on investors venture capitalist (VC) firm KSR Ventures (which includes new investor Bisk Ventures), as well as the Mongolia-based Lorinet Foundation, Edukasyon.ph also shared their successes following their Series A funding last 2020. These included partnering with companies and institutions “to create informative and resourceful content for learners” and reaching about 8 million registered students on their platform.

Henry Motte-Muñoz, the start-up’s founder, said that they are “very excited to enter the local academic support space - a fast growing, fragmented, and still very traditional multi-billion industry. The Philippines is now where India was seven or ten years ago.”

Two new course plans for EDGE Tutor are slated for release this July. These include group classes for up to six students, and a “kindergarten starter pack” (which can be done one-on-one or in a class).

Lessons in learning

Prior to K-12’s implementation in 2013, Filipino students only had to take 10 years of basic education, including six years in elementary school and four more in high school. This made the Philippines initially the only Asian country and, alongside Angola and Djubati, one of three to stick to a “10-year pre-university cycle.”

Thanks to the late Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III signing the Basic Education Act of 2013 into law, however, students are now required to study for two more years in senior high school (SHS). This also means that kindergarten (the “K” in K-12) is now included in the curriculum.

Although the goal was to “to provide [students] sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship,” per the Official Gazette, K-12 was not without its issues.

In 2015, critics highlighted how only a handful of public schools have the capability to establish an SHS program and how several faculty members were at risk of unemployment due no freshmen enrolling for two years. In 2020, due to rushed lessons in the curriculum, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Partylist Rep. France Castro blamed K-12 for the Philippines’ poor Mathematics and Science rankings at that time.

Even as officials supported the call to review the K-12 curriculum, Edukasyon.ph promised that EDGE Tutor will use “the curriculum made by experts that is in line with the requirements of DepEd [Department of Education] and crafted to be globally competitive using their tried and tested online learning platform.”

Reuben Pio Martinez is a news writer who covers stories on various communities and scientific matters. He regularly tunes in to local happenings. The views expressed are his own.

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