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25,487 pass 2009 Deped ALS A&E exam

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (6 March) -- The results of the November 15, 2009, Department of Education (DepED) Alternative Learning System (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalency or A&E examinations is already out with a total of 25,487 passers in both the elementary and secondary levels.

Of the total, 2,327 passed the elementary level while 23,160 passed the secondary level.

For Cordillera, there are 4,660 takers of the said A&E examination. Based on the report released by ALS Division Chief Dr. Gloria Felipe, 49 passed the elementary while 902 passed the exam for secondary for a regional passing rate of 21.6%.

The list of the A&E passers is posted on the Department of Education website at

The 25,487 A&E passers can now enroll for high school (elementary level A&E passers) and College (for the secondary A&E passers) this coming 2010-2011 school year.

The ALS A&E examination is a program of the Department of Education, in accordance with the President's directive to provide an education for all and to alleviate poverty in the country. All out of School Youth (OSYs) and adult undergraduate or primary and secondary education, ages 15 55, can continue their studies upon passing the ALS A&E elementary and secondary level examination.

In a related news, a student of Master of Arts in Education at Benguet State University is conducting a survey on the impact of the ALS A&E examination in the lives of ALS A&E passers from 2004 to 2008 in Baguio City and Benguet.

According to Amalia Laoyan, the objective of the survey is to get data on how the ALS A&E program affected or helps the educational and employment status of previous passers. "Marami na kasi ang nakapasa ng naturang exam pero hindi na na-document kung ano na ang estado nila sa buhay ngayon," she said.

ALS Baguio head Art Tiongan is supporting said survey saying this will determine the impact of the ALS A&E exam to the lives of passers.

Thus ALS Baguio is calling on all previous ALS A&E passers in Baguio and Benguet, to get their survey forms at the ALS Baguio Office or the can visit the Internet link:

So far, there are already more than 200 previous ALS A&E passers that are now enrolled in various college and universities in Baguio which responded to Ms. Laoyan survey. (PIA) [top]

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