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Around 1,550 Out-of-School Youth (OSY) and adults from southern Cebu municipalities took part in this year’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalence (A&E) examination last Sunday, November 13, 2011, held at Dalaguete National High School and Dalaguete Central Elementary School.

1,245 examinees from secondary and 305 from elementary level tested their learning after months of attending classes of at least four times a month.  Each test taker was either a learner/attendee or completer of the ALS A&E Learning Support Delivery (LSDS) System.

The Municipality of Dalaguete had been an examination center of DepEd’s Cebu Province Division since 2008.  It was on that very same day of examination of that year when the Administration Building of DNHS was caught in fire.

The Local Government Unit of Dalaguete supported the event by giving away free snacks and lunch to the examiners.

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 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 people; persons with disabilities/physically challenged; and inmates, rebel/soldier integrees.

A test passer of either the Elementary or Secondary Level gets a certificate which bears the signature of the Secretary of the Department of Education. This allows a passer to mainstream in the educational system of the country.

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