THE Alternative Learning System (ALS) being implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd) is gaining ground in Region 1, as more out-of-school youths are taking the assessment entrance exam for the program.
Delia Ancheta, education supervisor of DepEd in Region 1, said there were at least 8,906 takers of the Accreditation and Equivalency (A and E) examination conducted in December 2012, the results of which are yet to be released.
“If the elementary drop-outs pass the exam, they will be qualified to enter high school. The same is true for high school drop-outs who will now be eligible for college education,” Ancheta said during the KBP Forum on Thursday.
“The implementation of the ALS is not an easy task but is a rewarding service-oriented project,” said Teresita Manaloto, an ALS mobile teacher.
Manaloto stressed that teaching values to the ALS students, most of whom are school drop-outs, is as important as the academic lessons.
Under the ALS, the schedule of classes varies for every community, depending on the availability of those who cannot afford a formal schooling in the regular public school system.
ALS is also offered to inmates at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. Last year, 181 inmates took the examination.
The ALS, offered for free, is part of the national government’s program to provide basic education for everyone. (PIA-Pangasinan/VHS)