STA. CRUZ, Laguna: They came in groups, some 3,850 young and adults including senior citizens from this province’s 27 municipalities. They gathered, as early as 5 a.m. at the Pedro Guevarra National High School and Santa Cruz Central Elementary School with hopes of passing the 2013 Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test of the Alternative Learning System (ALS).
The ALS-A&E Test is one of the flagship programs of the DepEd being carried out nationwide. It is aimed primarily at providing the less fortunate, the opportunity to finish their elementary or secondary education and thus allow them to pursue a higher level of education. The test is conducted yearly in different A&E Testing sites across the nation.
Simultaneously, some 146 prisoners from the four detention Centers of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) at the Provincial, Cabuyao, Los Baños and San Pedro jails took the examination.
“The number of takers for this year was higher than in 2012 which accounted for only 2,874,” Dr. Rolando Valverde, ALS Division head of Laguna told The Manila Times. Lulu Prinsipe