The Department of Education (DepEd) is now on full schedule to orient its key stakeholders to the new curriculum called ALS 2.0. From the June 25 orientation of DepEd, key officials, including regional directors through the ALS Task Force, DepEd conducted at the Teachers Camp here a 4-day (August 6 – 9) capability building seminar for assistant regional directors and school division superintendents of Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, 4B, National Capital Region and the Cordillera Administrative Region.
Director III Marillete Almayda, ALS Task Force head, said the activity was aimed to orient all selected DepEd key officials on the policy guidelines on the implementation of ALS 2.0, as well as to give update on new processes, strategies and tools. It would also ensure strong support from these school administrators on the inclusion of ALS in the school – based management.
Almayda shared that through a department order issued on February 28, the ALS Task Force was created to oversee that the learning interventions and policy guidelines for the implementation of the enhanced Alternative Learning System are in place.
She explained that in the ALS 2.0 curriculum, time allotment and assessment guidelines are improved and aligned to the K to 12 Basic Education System so that generally, it will provide better services to OSYs and adult learners of ALS, making them more competitive with students in formal schools.
With this, passers of the ALS Accreditation and Equivalency test will be equivalent to Grade 10 finishers and will be eligible to enroll in senior high school. Almayda also bared that the task force is into crafting a curriculum for Grades 11 and 12 for ALS.
“We are already piloting the Senior High School for ALS in Davao and the Bicol Region using night high school and open high school format,” she said.
Almayda informed that DepEd regional offices have been allotted operation funds for the implementation of ALS 2.0 that include trainings of ALS mobile teachers and other capacity building activities. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)