Alternative learning system promoted

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

THE Department of Education (DepEd) is now intensifying its crusade against illiteracy and the increase in the number of out-of-school youth by promoting its Alternative Learning System (ALS) program.

ALS Education Supervisor Angela Apopot said the program is an informal way for working adults, out-of-school youths and those who cannot find time to study in a formal setting to finish their elementary or secondary education.

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“There are no payments required for this program just like in other public elementary and secondary schools,” Apopot said.

By enrolling in the Accreditation and Equivalency program, children aged six and above may get modules for the pre-elementary program, ages 15 and below for the elementary program, and those 15 and above for the secondary level.

“If the enrollees are able to pass the accreditation and equivalency exam at the end of the school year, they are given the certification that is already the equivalent of an elementary or high school diploma,” Apopot said.

She added that in the Cordillera Administrative Region, there are already 73 mobile teachers catering to the needs of those enrolled in ALS in all districts and divisions.

“Aside from the mobile teachers, there are also 85 district ALS coordinators designated to help the out of school youth and adults,” she said.

Through the ALS, there are five learning areas that will be completed by enrollees like communication skills in English and Filipino, mathematics, science, values education and livelihood skills.

In the elementary level, students enrolled in the program are tasked to complete 154 modules, while secondary level students are tasked to complete 287 modules before they are eligible to take the accreditation and equivalency exam.

“Instead of textbooks, the students enrolled in the program are using modules to aid them in learning to which the mobile teachers will help them understand if they have questions about their subjects,” Apopot said.

In the summary of the ALS accreditation and equivalency monitoring report, only 1,005 of the total 4,660 takers of last year’s acceleration exams passed the test in the elementary and secondary levels. (JM Agreda)

Alternative learning system promoted

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