CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — A total of 1,722 senior high school students started their Alternative Learning System-Senior High School (ALS-SHS) program in various provinces here in Central Luzon.
Department of Education (DepEd) regional director May Eclar disclosed that it is now mandatory for students at the SHS level to take part in the ALS-SHS program.
The students are equivalent to Grades 11 to 12 and are mandated by DepEd Order 13, series of 2019.
“It ensures that all ALS learners will be equipped with competencies required for employment, entrepreneurship, middle-level skills, and tertiary education,” Eclar said.
She added that the passing of Republic Act 11510, or the ALS Act in December 2020, has strengthened the ALS-SHS Program of the DepEd and emphasized Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test Elementary level passers, making them qualified to enroll in Junior High School (JHS).
The RA also noted that A&E Test JHS level passers are qualified to enroll in Senior High School or in selected technical vocational education and training programs through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
This also includes that A&E Test SHS level passers are qualified to enroll in higher education — subject to the requirements set by higher education institutions — or in technical vocational education and training programs through TESDA.
“As a legacy program of the current administration, ALS is part of DepEd’s commitment that education continues for Filipino out-of-school children in special circumstances, youth, and adults amid and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic,” Eclar said.
Institutions now offering ALS-SHS include Dipaculao National High School in Aurora; Bataan National High School-SHS; and Guiguinto Technical Vocational High School, Iluminada National High School, Prenza National High School and San Rafael National High School in Bulacan.
Eclar also cited Nueva Ecija schools that offer ALS-SHS, such as National High School; Cabiao National High School; Dr. Ramon D. Santos National High School; Exequiel R. Lina National High School; General Tinio National High School; Nueva Ecija High School; Rizal National High School; San Ricardo National High School; Sta. Rosa National High School; Talabutab Norte National High School; Talavera National High School; and Vega National High School.