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Mas maraming makakapag-aral! Win Gatchalian suggests alternative learning system to supplement schools

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Senator Win Gatchalian wants to institutionalize the Alternative Learning System (ALS), the Department of Education’s (DepEd) “parallel learning system” to the existing formal education system.

The ALS curriculum is designed to help learners acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies that learners under the formal school system are expected to develop under the K to 12 Program.

It is crucial for the program to reach 24 million Filipino adults aged 15 and above who have not completed basic education, Gatchalian said.

He that while the number of ALS enrollees have increased over the years, an overwhelming number of potential learners have yet to be reached.

Based on the DepEd’s data, there are 2,025,167 enrolled learners between 2016 to 2018 but only 1,329,667 learners were able to complete the program.

“We have 24 million people who did not graduate from high school, so that’s one out of four, and there are one out of ten or ten percent of our population that cannot read and write, so that’s 10 million,” he said.

There’s an urgent need to put a lot of attention to ALS because it also captures literacy, said Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education.

“That’s why I’m very bullish about this bill because we need to reach out to the 24 million and right now we’re only addressing 600,000 a year. That’s barely one percent of the total required enrollment,” he added.

Gatchalian filed Senate Bill 740 last July which seeks to provide accessible training and education services in every barangay, including the far-flung and conflict-torn areas to out-of-school children, youth and adults, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, children in conflict with the law, persons deprived of liberty, and other marginalized sectors of society.

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