Beng tells ALS grads: Opportunities are real PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 14:04

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday inspired the graduates of the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) that the opportunities available to them are real and the time has come for them to dream and make their dreams a reality.

“Know that despite all the difficulties you have gone through you were able to make it today. Put that in your heart because this is really one step that God is telling us as we celebrate Easter that there is hope,” Mayor Climaco told the ALS graduates, 13 of them were elementary and 115 secondary.

“There is an opportunity for you and you my dear graduates are testimonies for us that we should not give up no matter how difficult the challenges are,” she said. “Always believe that in our life we might have a lot of problems, but in God’s grace we will be able to overcome them.”

The graduates came from different district schools in the city and part of the 12,000 who took and passed the 2013 Accreditation and Equivalency Test.

The 4th ALS Graduation Exercises were conducted at the DepEd Training Center with Assistant Schools Superintendent Julieto Ferandez presiding over the ceremony together with the district supervisor, ALS trainers and teachers.

The ALS is a ladderized, modular non-formal education program of DepEd for dropouts in elementary and secondary schools, out-of-school youths and non-readers.

It is part of the education system of the Philippines but an alternative to the regular classroom studies where Filipino students are required to attend daily. The alternative system only requires students to choose schedules according to their choice and availability.

The program has two different schematics for conducting instruction; school-based and community-based. On the school-based program, instructions are conducted in school campuses while in the community-based program, formal instructions are conducted in community halls or on private places.

The ALS program follows uniform lesson modules for all academic subjects covering the sciences, mathematics, English, Filipino, social studies, current events among others. Delivery of instructions is provided by government-paid instructors or by private non-government organization.

Aside from schematics, the program has two levels; elementary and secondary. Students have to start from elementary level, then proceed to high school level. If a student is a graduate of elementary under a formal classroom system, the student is automatically admitted to the secondary levels depending on which year level the student stopped schooling. — Vic Larato