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Saturday 14 January 2017

Details about Alternative Learning System (ALS)

Alternative Learning System (ALS)

Rationale: Many Filipinos do not have a chance to attend and finish formal basic education (Grades 1-6 and Year 1-4) due to many reasons. Some drop out from schools while some do not have schools in their communities. Since every Filipino has a right to free basic education, the Government establishes ALS to provide all Filipinos the chance to have access to and complete basic education in a mode that fits their distinct situations and needs. (DepEd, Retrieve: 01-14-2017)

Who are eligible to take Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test, formerly known as the Non-formal Education A&E Test?

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Two (2) Major Program of ALS

  1. Basic Literacy Program 
  2. Continuing Education Program - Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E).  
***Both programs are modular and flexible. This means that learning can take place anytime and any place, depending on the convenience and availability of the learners.

Documentary requirements for the A&E test Applicants: 

  1. Two (2) pieces 2x2 identification picture with a name tag bearing the family name, given name and middle name
  2. Authenticated birth certificate or marriage contract
  3. Valid Identification cards like driver’s license, passport, voter’s ID, SSS/GSIS ID, Postal ID, or NBI clearance. 
For minor applicants,
  1. Authenticated birth certificate latest report card, (Form 138), or permanent record (Form 137)
  2. Barangay Certification with picture and name and date of birth. 

Where to Go?

Interested applicants may visit their ALS Mobile Teachers or District ALS coordinators in their communities.

ALS A&E Test is a paper and pencil test designed to measure the competencies of those who have neither attended nor finished elementary or secondary education in the formal school system.

ALS - It is a parallel learning system in the Philippines that provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction. When one does not have or cannot access formal education in schools, ALS is an alternate or substitute. ALS includes both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills.
ALS Education happens outside the classroom, community-based, usually conducted at community learning centers, barangay multi-purpose hall, libraries or at home, managed by ALS learning facilitators, such as mobile teachers, district ALS Coordinators, instructional managers at an agreed schedule and venue between the learners and facilitators.
Basis of ALSThe 1987 Philippine Constitution provides for the recognition and promotion of other forms of education other than formal education. Article XIV, Section 2, Paragraph (1) declares that the State shall establish, maintain and support a complete, adequate and integrated system of education relevant to the needs of the people and society; and paragraph (4) concisely encourages non-formal, informal and indigenous learning systems as well as self-learning, independent and out-of-school study programs particularly those that respond to community needs. 

The Governance Act for Basic Education otherwise known as the Republic Act 9155 stipulates the establishment of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) to provide out-of-school children, youth and adults population with basic education.

ALS Areas of Learning:

  • Communication Skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
  • Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking (numeracy and scientific thinking)
  • Sustainable use of Resources/Productivity (ability to earn a living through self-employment, outside employment, entrepreneurship, sustainable use of resources and appropriate technology and productivity)
  • Development of Self and a Sense of Community (self-development, a sense of personal and national history and identity, cultural pride and recognition and understanding of civil and political rights)
  • Expanding One’s World Vision (knowledge, respect and appreciation for diversity, peace and non-violent resolution of conflict, and global awareness and solidarity)

Areas Covered

- Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, NCR, and CAR, Regions VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, Caraga, and ARMM

More Details on DEPED MOA and Memorandums

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 For ALS Mobile Teacher and District ALS Coordinators.

Bureau of Alternative Learning System Contact & Address

For inquiries and other concerns, please contact the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS), DepEd Central Office, 3rd Floor Mabini Bldg., DepEd Complex, MeralcoAvenue, Pasig City at telephone no.: (02) 635-51-89 or at e-mail address: balsdeped@yahoo. com.

Source: DepedGovPH

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