Education office develops alternative learning modules for Aetas

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Friday, April 27, 2012

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Department of Education (DepEd) is developing modules unique for Aetas who want to study under the Alternative Learning System (ALS).

Arnold Montemayor, who represented DepEd in a forum attended by the Aetas or members of the indigenous cultural community in the province, said they are almost done with the formulation of ALS modules designed for the concerned group.

He said their department is also conducting a regular basic literacy program in various indigenous cultural communities to prepare the Aetas for the eventual community development and encourage them to avail of the Alternative Learning System of the department.


Montemayor told the Aeta barangay councils and tribal leaders to help their respective constituents in securing elementary and high school equivalent diplomas through ALS.

“Kapag naipasa nila and ALS Accreditation and Equivalency test ay bibigyan sila ng diploma at pwede na silang mag-college kung high school level ang naipasa (If they pass the ALS Accreditation and Equivalency test, they will be given diploma and they can already enroll in college),” he said.

ALS is a free education program implemented by DepEd under the Bureau of Alternative Learning System, which benefits those who cannot afford formal schooling.

The program provides a viable alternative to the existing formal education instruction, encompassing both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skill.

The system was created to help people like Aetas finish the equivalent of elementary or high school in their own time, at their own pace, and as close to their barangay as possible.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 27, 2012.

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