DepED on ALS

March 23, 2012 9:28 am 

MANILA, March 22 – What do famous TV personalities like Angel Locsin, Grace Roces (daughter of Rosanna Roces), Anne Curtis, Manny Pacquiao, Kim Chiu have in common?

All of them got their high school diplomas after passing the Department of Education's Alternative Learning System (ALS) , a program of the DepEd wherein out-of-school youths or those unable to go to regular school could catch up with his "education" or avail of the so-called "other side of learning". <P>Melita C. Aguila, officer-in-charge supervisor of ALS-DepEd Manila, said that ALS is open to everybody nationwide, adding that program is "timeless.. that everyday is enrolment day,it takes place anywhere– under the tree, in barangay hall, church, city jails".

Kim Chui was among the passers of the ALS last year and even joined the graduation rites (last year in Manila), noting that showbiz personalities availed of the programs just like other out-of-school youths.

Aguila was guest on Thursday at the Radyo ng Bayan and telecast via PTV Channel 4 held at the Philippine Information (PIA) in Quezon City.

Interested out-of-school youths can approach schools in their areas and ask for a ALS program, Aguila said, adding they were tying up with barangays,in jails,rehabilitation centers, churches in carrying out ALS programs.

Livelihood programs are also being made available to out-of-school youths for them to earn a living, Aguila said.

Formally known as Non-Formal Education then renamed as ALS, Aguila said programs actually is offering to non-literate a basic literacy program (ages 5 to 95 years old or those who cannot read and write ), to elementary ( 11 years old and above ) and high school ( 15 and above) accreditation and equivalency level.

Under these programs, except those who avail of the basic literacy program, out of school youths under elementary and high school ALS will be given sessions or tutoring, learning intervention or take home modules for almost 10 months to take the accreditation test usually held in October.

As entry point they will be given functional literacy test in written form and an interview, said Aguila, with modules or lessons starting in January until October, which is the day of the test accreditation.

"ALS facilitators are just a text a way, or could be approached anytime, ready to give one-on-one lessons, Aguila said,noting the teaching approach is tailored to the capacity of the learners.

As for ALS facilitators they must consider themselves as missionaries possessing a big heart and long patience, noting the status of their learners who (mostly) belong "to the last the least and the lost," Aguila said. (PNA) RSV/SDT/utb

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