Martes, Oktubre 18, 2011

Typhoon Drove Away Accreditation and Equivalency Test Takers

LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 17(PIA)-- Only about 56 percent of the total registrants in the elementary and 62 percent in the secondary of the Alternative Learning System or ALS, Accreditation and Equivalency test took he exams here on Sunday, October 16.

Supervisor Arsenio Yongoyong, head of ALS here said that this low turnout imay be attributed to the two typhoons that hit the province hard causing massive landslides and power outages in many towns.

“Most of the registrants who ome from the towns of Tinoc, Hungduan, and Mayoyao were not able to make it due to the effects of the said climate disturbances,” Yongoyong said.

Yongoyong said that in the elementary level, out of the 37 male registrants, 17 took the exams and out of the 17 female registrants 12 took the test.

In the secondary level, there were 675 male registrants but only 409 took the examination. Of the 421 female registrants, just 266 took the test.

Of the 11 inmates who registered, 10 took the test because one of them was released before the exams.

The ALS A&E Test, formerly known as the Nonformal Education A&E Test, is a paper and pencil test designed to measure the competencies of those who have not finished either the formal elementary or secondary education.

Passers are given a certificate/diploma, which bears the seal and the signature of the Department Secretary, certifying their competencies as comparable to graduates of the formal school system. Hence, they are qualified to enroll in high school, for elementary level passers, and in college for secondary level passers.

The target clienteles of the ALS A&E Test are elementary dropouts (not enrolled in the current school year), who are at least 11 years old on or before the day of the test; high school dropout (not enrolled in the current school year), who are at least 15 years old on or before the day of the test; non-passers of previous ALS A&E Tests; youth and adults although in-school but overaged for Grade 6 (more than 11 years old) or for 4th year (more than 15 years old) and non-passers of previous ALS A&E Test.

Others are at least basically literate who may be: unemployed, underemployed OSYs, and adults; industry-based workers, housewives, maids, factory workers, drivers; members of cultural minorities/indigenous peoples (IPs); persons with disabilities (PWDs)/physically challenged; inmates, and rebel or soldier integrees.

Low turnout of test takers attributed to effects of typhoons

by Vency D. Bulayungan

Orin Zebest

Lunes, Oktubre 17, 2011

A Little School That Could

In AralMuna, we have always believed in the power of education. Of it being a great equalizer and a powerful catapult to up things around especially for the less privileged.

Our story for today summarizes all this with much heart and pride.

In an unpopular school in Bicol, Sorsogon State College (SSC) has produced  Top 1 and Top 2 board exam takers of mechanical engineering of 2011 September exam results. The two male graduates are sons of a tricycle driver and a farmer/fisherman.

Earlier this year, two other SSC graduates topped the electrical engineering board garnering the Top 1 and the Top 10. The school first made waves when in 2006, a graduate topped 8th rank in the electrical engineering exams.

About the SSC
SSC traces its root as a trade school in origin, in December 1993 it was elevated to a State College level. It charges P150/unit. A typical semester tuition fee would therefore average to P5000 or less than US$100.

In 2010, SSC received a national budget allocation of P93.64M. It also collected P44M from its almost 9,000 student population. 260 personnel are under its payroll. Due to this limited budget, 40 to 45 students  share in a laboratory suitable only for 20-30 students.


By Juan Escandor, Jr.
Inquirer Southern Luzon

Permanently Scatterbrained

A New Community Learning Center in Cavite for Out-of-School Youths

Giving the out-of-school youth, dropouts, illiterates and indigenous people access to a better life through education translate to changing lives and impacting communities.

This is what the Paraclete Alternative Learning System (ALS) Center in Barangay (village) Old Bulihan, Silang in Cavite hopes to achieve led by Fr. Jerome Marquez, SVD, executive director of the Arnold Janssen Catholic Mission Foundation Inc. (AJCMFI).

The site is the 29th branch. 15 more are in Palawan, one is in Manila and 12 others are set up in other places in Cavite. They offer FREE ALS education to those interested. They also accept volunteers and welcome donations since the operation of these centers are products of teamwork from Department of Education (DepEd), Blue Sisters, Paraclete Foundation Inc. (PFI), Bulihan National High School and local government.

Mobile teachers, district coordinators, instructional managers and service providers render service which include cover DepEd's recommended curriculum on English, mathematics, science and Filipino. Learning materials include printed modules, compact discs with e-learning modules, and computers.

How to be an ALS student
There are only two steps to become an ALS student. Pass the exam and the interview, choose a schedule of learning - which may be daily or during convenient times for the learner.

Study your lessons and take the assessments tests which will determine the level of the learner. Once the learner is ready, the mobile teacher will endorse taking of the Accreditation and Equivalency Exam which translates to a high school diploma.


Huwebes, Setyembre 1, 2011

House Bill 4883 Open Learning and Distance Education Act of 2011

Philippine Congress has approved House Bill 4883, a bill that applies to public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) and post-secondary technical/vocational schools in the Philippines which have existing open learning and distance education programs and to others which will later be authorized as qualified implementors of such programs.

The bill was principally sponsored by Las Pinas representative Mark Villar.

It puts TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) and CHED (Commission on Higher Education) as the government agencies in charge of regulating open learning and distance education with budgetary allotments to cover for this additional responsibilities on their end.

Here's hoping distance learning will also be available for all levels not just beyond high school.

Source: NewsBytes Philippines
Photo credit: One Laptop per Child

Miyerkules, Agosto 24, 2011

Harish Hande: 2011 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for harnessing green energy for the poor

India is on the rise, there's no doubt about that. Their ever increasing middle-class group empowers their economy like never before. Do you know that India now has its own F1 team? They own former US car brands like General Motors and Jaguar.

However, a lot of the country remains poor.

Better use of education
A graduate of Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Indian national Harish Hande's eyes were opened that using small scale, stand-alone installations instead of large centralized thermal stations – was more effective in reaching poor, remote villages where life is backward and technology is most needed.

He thought that this may benefit his countrymen a lot. So he want back home after studying and formed Solar Electric Light Company (SELCO) India in Bangalore. The road to providing heating, light and energy to his fellow Indians was not easy. He had to deal with financing, rolling out the technology and business partners. Yet six years after establishing the business, SELCO has SELCO has reached more than half a million people by installing solar lights in 120,000 households, micro-enterprises and community facilities.

His compassion for the poor and desire to empower them and be better members of the society has made him use his education not merely for profit. His Ramon Magsaysay award is indeed deserving.


Credits: PhilStar

Martes, Agosto 23, 2011

Young Physics Teacher at Pampanga National High School (PNHS) overcame poverty through the help of scholarship

Hearing stories of overcoming obstacles - especially poverty, in a third world country like the Philippines is always good news. Many Filipinos still believe in the quick-rich schemes, when hard work and determination are proven formula for success.

Let's be inspired with this story of how education, granted through a scholarship from another overcomer, changed the life story of a family in Pampanga - as published in Global Nation of Philippine Daily Inquirer.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines—For a young Physics teacher at Pampanga National High School (PNHS), some basic things in a student’s life could stand in the way of success – things like transportation money or food for lunch. 
“There were days when I can’t go to school because I didn’t have money for jeepney fare,” recounts 23-year-old Rodel Verzosa to FilAm Star in Tagalog. “And if I did, that’s all I had. So during lunchtime, I just stayed in the library because I had nothing to eat.” 
But Rodel was an intelligent student, and determined to overcome obstacles that would keep him home and away from school – a characteristic that did not escape the attention of Imelda Macaspac, Ph.D., PNHS principal. At the time, San Francisco (Calif.)-based philanthropist Rene Medina, a PNHS alumnus, had just established a scholarship and feeding program, under the Rene and Mila Medina Foundation, for his alma mater’s underprivileged and deserving students and alumni. The support program was launched just as the foundation was at the completion phase of the multi-million-peso school infrastructure-rebuilding project that Rene had started in 2003.
Rodel was already in his senior year at PNHS when he was enrolled in the scholarship and feeding program. Graduating at the top of his class as valedictorian, he was chosen as one of the foundation’s college scholars. He went to the Philippine Normal University (PNU), where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Education.
Just as quickly as his eyes welled, his face lighted up. “And now, I’m so happy that I am able to help the family with financial needs as a teacher here at PNHS. Before, I had nothing. Today, I have something to share, ” he added. 
Education is a key 
Finishing school and becoming a professional is an equalizer. Poor and rich people alike may accomplish such tasks, though it is sweeter for the underprivileged ones for their battle is tougher, and therefore worth more in the end.