EducationSee also: List of universities and colleges in Manila
As of 2008 there are 511 elementary schools and 220 secondary schools in the National Capital Region. There are around 81 higher educational institutions. Literacy rate is around 92.4%.
As the educational center of the country, many students from the provinces head to Metro Manila to study. Areas of high number of educational institutions include the so-called "University Belt" and Taft Avenue in Manila, Katipunan Avenue and Fairview in Quezon City, and Santa Mesa straddling the Manila, Quezon City and Mandaluyong borders. Metro Manila is also home to many private schools run by religious orders; these are among the first schools established in the country. The Dominican Order established the University of Santo Tomas in 1611 and took control of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, which was established in 1620. The Jesuit Order opened the Ateneo de Manila University in 1859; among the secular schools, National University is the oldest, having been open since 1900.
Government-funded/run schools such as the constituent campuses of the University of the Philippines in Manila and Diliman, Quezon City, the main campus of the Philippine Science High School and Manila Science High School are located here as well.
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