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PIA Press Release
2008/02/19

DepEd urges dropouts to finish school via A&E, PEPT

by ES Subong

Iloilo City (19 February) -- School drop outs, out-of-school youths and adult illiterates are given the chance to get quality education through the accreditation and placement tests administered by the Department of Education (DepEd).

The DepEd annually administers two tests: the Accreditation and Equivalency (A & E) Test and the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to reach out to all kinds of learners, especially those outside the formal school system.

Education Secretary Jeslie Lapus said the agency is working hard to bring education where the learners are and in their own circumstances.

The A&E comprises the following learning areas: Kasanayang Pnagkomunikasyon sa Filipino; Kasananayang Pangkomunikasyon sa Ingles, Numerasi at Pangagham, Kabuhayan at likas na Yaman, at Pagpapalawak ng Pananaw. The test also gauges critical learning and problem solving skills.

Those are qualified for this should at least be eleven years old for the elementary level and fifteen years old for the secondary level.

The PEPT is open to learners who have dropped out of school for at least two years, designed for learners whose ages do not correspond to their grade year/level, aimed at getting OSYs back into the formal school system.

Lapus said students who quit school because of unexpected circumstances are advised to take PEPT to resume formal schooling.

Those who are over-aged, on the other hand, may take the PEPT to place them in the grade /year level of their age. A & E examinees who successfully pass the test are presented a diploma which is equal to that of formal learning situations.

Sec. Lapus said he is highly encouraging the OSY learners to avail themselves of the chance, to enable them to pursue various job opportunities. (PIA 6) [top]

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