449 pass equivalency, accreditation for ALS

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013


POVERTY, physical incapacity and even serving penalty behind bars are no longer hindrance for a child, out-of-school youths or even adults to finish basic education and continue a higher degree of learning with the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Alternative Learning System.

The recently released result of the December 2012 ALS Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) examination showed that a total of 449 Baguio City - ALS Division learners passed their examination and will now have the opportunity to continue their education on a higher level.

ALS-Baguio Division head Arthur Tiongan, in an interview, said that out of their 724 learners, 444 or around 62 percent passed the A&E examination including 16 inmates from the Baguio City Jail and one person with disability (PWD).

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For the A&E elementary level, 27 out of 46 or 58.7 percent of their learners passed while for the secondary, 422 out of 678 or 62.24 percent hurdled their examination.

Those who passed the A&E test will be given a certificate of graduation equivalent to that of formal education that is signed by the DepEd Secretary or the DepEd regional director, which gives them the right and opportunity to continue their education.

The A&E test covers elementary and secondary level examination and open to out-of-school-children, out-of-school youths or even adults that have not finished basic education. Baseline age for the elementary level is 11 years old and above, while for secondary level it is 15 years old and above pending ALS assessment and approval.

Tiongan said aside from giving review classes, ALS, in partnership with the City Government and the local communities, also provides livelihood skills training to their learners and even interested parents.

The Baguio ALS Division, with only eight teachers, is composed of three districts and three review centers located at the Baguio Central School, Quezon Elementary School and Lucban Elementary School. They also have an NGO partner, Serving Neighbors Inc., that helps them in giving review classes to ALS learners.

For this year, Tiongan reported that they have around 600 learners who hope to take the A&E test this October. They are still accepting learners and for those who are interested can go directly to any of their district offices or review centers for assessment. (Carlito Dar)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 04, 2013.

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