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ALS A and E examination offers Samarenos new lease on education and opportunities

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan, Samar (12 October) -- The Alternative Learning System (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalency (A and E) examination is offering Samarenos a new lease on education and opportunities.

Examinees from Catbalogan and other nearby municipalities like San Jorge, Tarangnan, Gandara and the island town of Zumarraga and Daram trooped to the Samar National School (SNS) to take the four-hour test.

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.

Jasmin Delector 20, from Brgy Nacobe, Gandara stopped schooling while she was in second year high school because of early marriage. She has stopped schooling for four years now. Her husband urged her to take the test so that when she passes she will take a college course at nearby Samar State College of Forestry and Agriculture (SSCAF) in San Jorge.

Another test taker, is Armando Dante, 15 years old who stopped schooling four years ago to help his father in fishing. His elementary school teacher convinced him to take the test.

He said that if he passes, he will study high school and enrol in welding at a TESDA school.

Pretty Rosalinda from barangay Darahuway, also stopped schooling due to poverty and ended up taking care of her younger siblings at home, for three years she said she would read her siblings’ books so as not to forget how to read. She plans to get the assistance of her OFW grandmother so she could go to nursing school.

These were some stories culled by PIA-Samar with the throng of 600 examinees in SNS, today.

Ms Remedios Mendiola, DepEd ALS supervisor said that she is happy with the turn out of examinees this year and the support of mayors and barangay chairmen to send the examinees to the testing center in Catbalogan.

She also thanked the mayors of the southern municipalities for their financial assistance in opening up a new testing center in Calbiga to accommodate some 426 test takers from their towns.

"We are selling literacy for all," Mendiola told PIA in an interview.

"All people should campaign for 0 illiterate up to 2015 under the program Education for All (EFA), added the comely ALS supervisor. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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