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Samar mayors offer finance examiners in ALS A and E examination

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan, Samar (12 October) -- Some Samar mayors offered to fund the conduct of the Accreditation and Equivalency (A and E) Exams today.

The Alternative learning System (ALS) A&E examination is given for free to qualified examinees and those who will pass the exam will be qualified to enter secondary school (for elementary passers) and to enroll into technical/vocational or a college course.

Ms Remedios Mendiola, DepEd ALS Supervisor said that Samar was supposed to have only two testing centers in Catbalogan and Sta Margarita.

However, some mayors whose towns are located fifty or more kilometers away from Catbalogan proposed to have their constituents take the test in a more strategic place and offerred to fund the examiners and proctors who will be assigned in Calbiga.

seems to be ideal as it is nearer the southern municipalites than the capital town of Catbalogan.

So that the mayors from the municipalities of Marabut, Basey, Sta Rita, San Sebastian, Calbiga, Villareal and Hinabangan pooled their funds.

"Instead of sending them to Catbalogan, the mayors offered to pay the honorarium of the examiners and proctors," said Mendiola.

DepEd ALS recorded a total of 426 examinees in Calbiga.

In Catbalogan, Samar, some 600 examinees grappled with the test booklets at Samar National School for four hours.

Ms Maritess Albos, District Coordinator of Daram said that Mayor Lucia Astorga also sponsored the lunch and snacks and transportation allowances of the test takers. Daram is an island-municipality west of Catbalogan.

Other examinees from Zumarraga, another island town, also told PIA that it was the barangay chairmen of Barangays Arteche, Ibarra and Alegria who sponsored their lunch and snacks.

"The sharing," added Mendiola, " just shows that education is not only the concern of DepEd but even the local chief executives."

The lady supervisor thanked the mayors for the kindly gesture.

A total of 1, 545 A and E examinee were recorded by a team from DepEd Central Office, Michael de Vera and Mary Ann de Castro. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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