House approves alternative learning system bill on second reading

THE House of Representatives, via viva voce voting, approved on second reading the bill that seeks to institutionalize the Alternative Learning Sysytem (ALS).

House Bill 7392, or the Alternative Learning System Act, aims to provide alternative learning venues for out-of-school individuals, persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples, among others.

Students who successfully complete the ALS program and pass the appropriate exams will be qualified to enroll in senior high school.

The bill establishes the ALS as a parallel learning system that provides alternative learning arrangements for individuals, whom, for any acceptable reasons to be determined by the DepEd, cannot be admitted to an existing formal education.

Under the bill, ALS should also cover those located in far-flung communities, incluing those living in areas with armed conflict.

The bill mandates the establishment of at least one ALS Community Learning Center in every city and municipality across the country.

The bill further mandates the Department of Education to supervise the ALS program; coordinate with the local government units and non-government organizations on matters pertaining to community mapping activities; and come up with a database for individuals who have net yet completed their basic education.

The bill prohibits the imposition of admission fees to all ALS enrollees.

It was introduced by Cebu 1st District Rep. Raul Del Mar, Iloilo 1st District Rep. Raul Tupas, Sultan Kudarat 2nd District Rep. Horacio Suansing and Cagayan De Oro 2nd District Rep. Maximo Rodriguez Jr., among others. (SunStar Philippines)

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