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Out-of-school youth get second chance thru DepEd equivalency tests

Tacloban City (October 8) -- Out-of-school youth will have a chance to acquire a high school diploma this month of October as the Department of Education (DepEd) administers a series of Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) tests in 189 school divisions all over the country, on all the Sundays of the month.

The A&E Test is a multiple-choice, paper-and-pencil test that is designed to measure the competencies of those who have not finished formal elementary or secondary education.

The Department of Education offer this annually to all out of school youth so that they can become productive members of society even without having to attend formal school.

Targets of the A&E Test include elementary and high school drop outs who are at least 11 years old, and 15 years old, respectively, on or before October 5, 2008. Industry-based workers, housewives, drivers, and maids are also welcome to take the test.

Those who pass the test are given a diploma certified by the DepEd Secretary himself. This certifies that their competencies, as revealed in their exam results, are at par with high school graduates from the formal school system.

This test gives a chance to both in- and out-of school youth to pursue college. Passers, like those schooled in the formal system, are even eligible for government positions.

The test was administered on October 5, 2008 in Regions 9-13 and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

On the other hand, the examinees from Regions 5, 6, 7 and 8 are scheduled to take it on October 12, 2008.

Further more, tests for Regions 1 to 3 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are scheduled on October 19, 2008.

Lastly, tests for Regions 4A, 4B, and the National Capital Region (NCR) are slated for October 26, 2008.

Interested examinees may contact the Alternative Learning System coordinator or any school authorities in their areas. Late examinees may register on the day of the test from 8:00 o'clock in the morning up to 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon. They are advised to bring any identification card, and two size 1x1 photos. (PIA 8) [top]

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