(Metro News) Valenzuela inmates get chance to educate themselves

September 2, 2010 11:26 am 

MANILA, Sept. 2 – The Valenzuela local government, together with the local Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), announced that 60 of its inmates have decided to accept the Department of Education's (DepEd) alternative learning system (ALS) while serving their time.

Valenzuela BJMP head, Chief Inspector Gerald Q. Bantag, said DepEd's ALS (also as the Kakosa Ko sa Karunungan) is part of the "agency's rehabilitation program for our brothers behind bars".

ALS program aims to provide out-of-school youth and adults with learning opportunities by which they may gain knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will enable them to think critically and creatively and achieve their learning goals in order to become an active contributing member of the society.

"It is a preparation for their eventual reintegration to their respective communities once they get out of jail upon completing their prison term," he added.

Bantag said DepEd mobile teacher Leo C. Mayor will hold the classes Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Valenzuela city jail's holding area.

Orientations are set next week and by Sept. 14, formal classes will begin for the 60 inmates.

The 10-month long classes will equip the inmate learners enough basic education knowledge to prepare them for next year's accreditation and equivalency examinations. Successful passers of the examination will receive certificates duly-signed by the DepEd as proof of completion of secondary education. (PNA)



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