Alternative Learning System(ALS)

Discussion about ALS from Department of Education, Bureau of Alternative Learning System (DepEd/BALS)


What are the legal bases of the Alternative Learning System?

als1 Constitution of the Philippines 1987, Art. XIV, Sec. 15
Executive Order No. 117 Sec. 115
DepEd Order No. 32, 1972
Proclamation No. 480
DECS Memo No. 204, 2. 1998
DECS Order Nos. 22 and 28, s. 1999

als2What is the ALS Accreditation and Equivalency Test?

The ALS A&E Test formerly the Nonformal Education A&E Test is one of the four components of the ALS A&E (then NFE A&E). It offers the successful test takers certification of learning achievements at two learning levels – Elementary and Secondary – that is comparable to the formal school system. The ALS A&E Tests in both levels are standardized paper and pencil-based tests and use multiple-choice test and composition writing. The test items are based on the learning competencies of the five learning strands of the ALS Curriculum.

Who are the target clienteles of the ALS A&E Test?

als3 The target learners / clienteles of the ALS A&E Test are Filipino Out-of-School Youth (OSY) and Adults at least 11 years old (for elementary level test) and at least 15 years old (for the secondary level test) who are basically literate. They may include:

  • unemployed/underemployed OSYs and adults
  • elementary and secondary school drop-outs/leavers
  • industry-based workers, housewives, maids, factory workers, drivers
  • members of cultural minorities / indigenous peoples
  • persons with disabilities / physically challenged
  • inmates, rebel / soldier integrees

Most of these target learners live below the poverty line, predominantly coming from depressed, disadvantaged, underserved communities.

als4 What does a prospective test taker prepare for the test?

A test taker may either be a learner/attendee or completer of the ALS A&E Learning Support Delivery (LSDS) System, a learning intervention designed to help equip the prospective test taker with the necessary competencies to prepare him/her for the test. The test is largely based on prior learning. Through the test, and OSY is encouraged to attend the learning interventions to upgrade his/her knowledge and skills acquired from his daily experiences.

What does one benefit after passing the ALS A&E Test?

als5 A test passer of either the Elementary or Secondary Level gets a certificate from the Secretary of the Department of Education. This allows a passer to mainstream in the educational system of the country. It offers him/her the following opportunities: enroll in post secondary courses (technical / vocational, two / four / fiveyear course) of the CHED (for private colleges and universities) and PASUC (for government owned / controlled) member institutions; access to MFI and TESDA skills training programs; and acquire eligibility for government employment , private and non-governmental position.

What is the ALS A&E Test made of?

The test is divided into 2 parts: the Multiple Choice Tests and the Composition Writing. The
test runs for 3 hours and 30 minutes for the Elementary Level and 4 hours and 15 minutes
for the Secondary Level.

als6 The test covers the following strands (subject areas):

ELEMENTARY : 3 hours and 30 minutes
Multiple Choice - 3 hours
Bahagi I (Communication) - 40 minutes
Bahagi II (Problem Solving & Critical Thinking - 60 minutes
Bahagi III (Sustainable Use of Resources & Productivity) - 40 minutes
Bahagi IV (Dev’t. of Self & Expanding One’s World Vision) - 40 minutes
Composition Writing - 30 minutes

SECONDARY : 4 hours and 15 miinuttes
Multiple Choice - 3 hours 45 miinuttes
Bahagi I (Komunikasyon sa Filipino) - 45 minutes
Bahagi II (English Communication) - 30 minutes
Bahagi III (Problem Solving & Critical Thinking) - 60 minutes
Bahagi IV (Sustainable Use of Resources & Productivity) - 45 minutes
Bahagi V (Dev’t. of Self & Expanding One’s Wold Vision) - 45 minutes
Composition Writing - 30 miinuttes

How does one register for the A&E Test?

als8 For the next ALS A&E Test (to be held on February 2008), registration will be held from
September 3, 2007 up to November 23, 2007. The prospective test taker / registrant shall
accomplish the registration form and shall: provide any of the following documents as proof of their identity:

copy of birth certificate
copy of marriage contract
form 137
voter’s ID
postal ID
TIN card
driver’s license

Provide all required data and affix their signature on the space provided it; provide two copies of their latest 1” x 1” photo; submit accomplished registration form to test registration officer; and get the lower portion of the registration form for presentation to the Examiner on the day of the test. For those interested to enroll to ALS , KnK is requiring the learner to fill-up forms. Staffs or Instructional Managers (IM) assist any learners in our centers in Bagong Silang, Caloocan and Payatas, Quezon City.

KnK ALS learners are also members of KnK-Children And Youth Organization (KnK-CAYO) that encourages other out-of-school youth in the community to continue with their studies thru ALS

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