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.