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Alternative Learning System Essay 2015 Calendar

Students, parents, staff and community,

We want you to know that Burke County Public Schools is committed to the safety and well being of all students, staff and visitors on our school campuses and on our buses to and from school. School safety has been forefront in the news lately and especially since the events in Florida on Feb. 14.

Our high school and middle school principals made an announcement to students and staff on Wednesday, Feb. 21 to inform them that ALL threats against the safety of students and staff will be immediately turned over to the police. This means that an arrest will be made for communicating threats followed by an immediate recommendation for expulsion from Burke County Public Schools.

It is our hope in Burke County Public Schools that students understand the seriousness of making inappropriate comments – even jokingly – and it is our hope that the consequences for making threats against other students and staff will be handled quickly and to the full extent of the law.

Read the full statement here.

What is Alternative Learning System or ALS?

It is a parallel learning system in the Philippines that provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction. When one does not have or cannot access formal education in schools, ALS is an alternate or substitute. ALS includes both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills.


Why is there a need for Alternative Learning System in the Philippines?

Many Filipinos do not have a chance to attend and finish formal basic education (Grades 1-6 and Year 1-4) due to many reasons. Some drop out from schools while some do not have schools in their communities. Since every Filipino has a right to free basic education, the Government establishes ALS to provide all Filipinos the chance to have access to and complete basic education in a mode that fits their distinct situations and needs.


What is the basis of ALS implementation in the Philippines?

The 1987 Philippine Constitution provides for the recognition and promotion of other forms of education other than formal education. Article XIV, Section 2, Paragraph (1) declares that the State shall establish, maintain and support a complete, adequate and integrated system of education relevant to the needs of the people and society; and paragraph (4) concisely encourages non-formal, informal and indigenous learning systems as well as self-learning, independent and out-of-school study programs particularly those that respond to community needs.

The Governance Act for Basic Education otherwise known as the Republic Act 9155 stipulates the establishment of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) to provide out-of-school children, youth and adults population with basic education.


How does ALS work?

There are two major programs on ALS that are being implemented by the Department of Education, through the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS). One is the Basic Literacy Program and the other is the Continuing Education Program - Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E).  Both programs are modular and flexible. This means that learning can take place anytime and any place, depending on the convenience and availability of the learners.


What is the difference between the Formal Education System and the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Non-formal Education?

Formal Education system is classroom-based, managed by trained formal school teachers.

ALS Non-formal Education happens outside the classroom, community-based, usually conducted at community learning centers, barangay multi-purpose hall, libraries or at home, managed by ALS learning facilitators, such as mobile teachers, district ALS Coordinators, instructional managers at an agreed schedule and venue between the learners and facilitators.

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