President Benigno Aquino 3rd has signed a law establishing the country’s “Open High School System” that will benefit out of school youths and adults.
Republic Act 10665, or the alternative secondary education program, provides access to education through the open learning modality.
The new law will “enable the youth to overcome personal, geographical, socioeconomic and physical constraints, to encourage them to complete secondary education.”
It covers public high school institutions to practice open learning through self-instructional materials, and multi-channel learning and school-family-community partnership.
It will be available to all youth and adults who completed elementary education and high school qualifiers of the Philippine Educational Placement Test, and the Alternative Learning System, Accreditation and Equivalency Test.
The Open High School System will adopt the K-to-12 enhanced basic education curriculum using the standards and learning competencies of different subject areas of the program.
The Department of Education will administer the program and create an Open High School system unit to assist the department in performing its functions.