The House of Representatives has approved a bill that seeks to establish an open high school system as an alternative to the formal secondary education program to broaden access to education through out-of-school study programs.
All those who have finished elementary and who qualified for high school under the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) are covered by the proposed system.
“The measure will provide equal opportunity for adults and children of high school age who are out of school to avail of free open high school education through the distance learning modality,” said one of the bill’s authors, Rep. Kimi Cojuangco of Pangasinan’s fifth district.
The system will adopt the National Secondary Education Curriculum (NSEC) using the Philippine Secondary Schools Learning Competencies (PSSC). Under the system, students will study on their own without having to attend regular classes through the use of multi-media learning and teaching technology.
The Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the University of the Philippines-Open Educational System are encouraged to enter into an agreement that specifies their roles to maximize cooperation and system efficiency.
Private schools will also be encouraged to participate by creating and funding their own distance learning centers following the standards and criteria of DepEd.