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ALS registers a thousand in Ifugao

by Dan B. Codamon

LAGAWE,Ifugao (2 October) -- The Alternative Learning System (ALS) under the Non-Formal Education program of the Department of Education (DepEd) registered a total of 1,734 learners in this province for the year 2006.

The learners are grouped into three categories. 395 out of school youth (OSY) are under the Literacy Support Contracting Scheme, 50 adults under the Learning Support Delivery System and the 1,289 learners of mixed class of adults and OSY funded by the Local Government units.

The ALS aims to raise the level of literacy in Ifugao from 91% to 96% by the year 2015 by encouraging and allowing those 15 years and above who abandoned their elementary or secondary education to enroll under this non-formal education and finish them.

It also aims to equip the OSYs and adult illiterate learners with literacy, numeracy and livelihood skills; develop proper values among the ALS learners for economic and sustainable development and to empower them to become responsible and productive constituents of the province.

According to Elda Batoc, designated Division ALS Coordinator of Ifugao, the program can now be effectively implemented because the Coordinators of the eleven school districts of Ifugao are already in place and completed.

At present, there are 11 District Coordinators for the program, four permanent mobile teachers funded by the DEP-ED and 29 additional teachers hired by the different LGUs to handle the classes of the different learners of the ALS.

Batoc explained that the learners have to complete 200 hours of learning or classroom instruction with the mobile teachers which are held either in Barangay Halls, churches or vacant government buildings. It was observed that the learners were also attracted by the introduction of livelihood skills in the session.

Schedule of classes are held during weekends or arranged between the learners and their mobile teachers at their convenience.

After finishing the 200 hours of classes, the learners will take the ALS accreditation and equivalency test to determine whether they will be eligible to continue their college education or any higher level of learning.

Last year, a total of 85 ALS learners took the test to qualify them for a higher education but only five passed the examination. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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