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3 Tanauan OSYs pass 2008 A&E test

Tacloban City (August 6) -- Three members of the youth sector in the Tanauan I District are among the successful examinees in the February Accreditation and Equivalency Test, Alternative Learning System Leyte Division Supervisor Delia Catilogo informed.

One of the passers is Arlene Gacos from Barangay Tugop of Tanauan town, who at 13 is still in Grade IV but because she passed the A&E Exams she was accelerated to First Year High School.

Another passer is Mariflor A. Avila, 23 years old, from Barangay Cabuynan, Tanauan who is in Third Year High School but was accelerated to First Year College.

The third successful examinee is Jake S. Verona, 19 years old from Barangay Bislig, who was accelerated from Grade 4 to First Year High School.

Ms. Caroline Morantte, ALS Coordinator for Tanauan I District said that the success of the three examinees will serve as an encouragement to other youth who are in the same predicament.

To give a chance to out-of-school youth to return back to the formal education, the A & E examinations is given annually, ALS Division Supervisor Catilogo said.

The A&E Examinations which is being administered by the Department of Education through its Bureau of Alternative Learning System, targets the out of school learners who want to either pursue college or work without a college diploma.

The A&E Exams aims to assess the examinee's basic life skills such as literacy, numeracy, and problem solving.

Those who pass the exams will be given an A&E diploma which is equivalent to elementary or high school diploma, she added.

The holding of the A& E Examinations on June 12 is in response to the call of President Arroyo for all government agencies to commemorated the celebration of Philippine Independence Day on June 12 by conducting services to the people.

The Bureau of Alternative Learning System is an integral part of DepEd's commitment to Education for All or EFA, UNESCO's goal to universalize primary education by 2015.

DepEd-BALS seeks to integrate out-of-school youth and adults who were not able to avail themselves of formal schooling.

The registration of applicants for next year's test will start on September this year. Applicants are required to submit latest ID 2 copies 1 x 1, Xerox copy of any of the following: birth certificate, baptismal certificate, marriage certificate or driver's license.

Registrants who are 1120 years old are asked to submit their latest report card (Form 138) to ensure that they not currently enrolled in the formal elementary or secondary school.

Qualified to register are the following: elementary level dropouts (at least one year at the time of registration) 11 years old and above may take the elementary ALS A & E test, high school dropouts (at least one year at the time of registration) 15 years old and above may take the ALS A & E test, non-passers of the previous ALS A & E test, and learners/completers of the DepEd Program (Basic Literacy Program, ALS A & E Program and BP-OSA Program). (PIA 8) [top]

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