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Alternative Learning System

Feb 28, 2016 Author: Teacher Ariel Cañete | Filed under: Essay on Education

The Alternative Learning System (ALS) is a free education program implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd) under the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) which benefits those who cannot afford formal schooling and follows whatever is their available schedule. The program provides a viable alternative to the existing formal education instruction, encompassing both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills.

It was first launched in 1984 under the name Non-Formal Education and was primarily focused on helping its learners acquire technical skills that they can use to earn a living. After getting it name changed into Alternative Learning System in 2004, its focus widened to include literacy classes that are aimed at eventually granting Elementary and High School diplomas to deserving learners who were forced to drop out of primary and secondary school.

ALS aims to open more educational opportunities for Filipino citizens of different interests, capabilities of demographic characteristics, socioeconomic origins and status as well as addressing the needs of marginalized groups.

The program cuts the time needed to finish elementary and high school, hence, significantly cuts the expenses as well. Aside from giving hope to the less fortunate, it also provides opportunities to Out-of-School Youths (OSY) and Adults elementary and secondary school drop-outs; industry-based workers; housewives; maids; factory workers; drivers; members of cultural minorities; indigenous people and disabled/physically challenged.

Classes are conducted at Community Learning Centers. Each municipality or city has a number of CLCs that interested learners can go to. These CLCs can either be a public elementary or secondary schools, a barangay hall, a room or building lent by a government agency, private company, organization, or any other vacant space where learners can gather together. In ALS, learners have to attend 10 months of school or 800 hours in the classroom. (more…)

Definitions Of Teaching

Feb 25, 2016 Author: Teacher Ariel Cañete | Filed under: Essay on Education, Teachers for Teachers

It is the consensus of both authoritative educational experts and laymen that teaching is a noble mission and may be roughly divided into art and profession. As an art it carries with it certain norms which are indispensable in imparting knowledge; as a profession it comprises a broad meaning which may be aptly termed as art plus other great human assets: character, dignity, integrity, social awareness, keen grasp of things, etc. (more…)

Teacher’s Accountability

Feb 18, 2016 Author: Teacher Ariel Cañete | Filed under: Teachers for Teachers

Accountability is a new addition to the vocabulary of public education. It is used by school administrators, teacher institutions, classroom teachers, and the public general. It is often quoted by parents and other people who have some business or something to do with teaching.

Accountability on the part of the classroom teacher is very important. It is a measure of the teacher’s dedication to his job. Is he doing the job that he should do ? Is he doing the job commensurate to higher rates of pay and compensation he is asking for now. The public wants to know the government is using the money efficiently for public education. Parents think that if the school are going to ask for more funds and levy more taxes for the support of education the schools should show government funds are used to the best for public education.

If we put a grade five book in the hands of an 11 years old child and ask him to read the book, and then the child can read the book, then someone should be held accountable for the child. Who is accountable for the child ? Is it the teacher or the parents ?

We have to face reality. What is the main responsibility of the teacher to the children who are placed in his hands ? It is time that teacher attention should be called to his accountability to his pupils.

How accountable is the classroom teacher ? Should he be held responsible for what the pupil does or doesn’t learn singly or along with others in and out of the school ? (more…)

K+12 Basic Education Program In The Philippines

Feb 18, 2016 Author: Teacher Ariel Cañete | Filed under: Essay on Education

President Benigno Semion C. Aquino III initiated the new system of education. This program requires all incoming students to enroll into two more years of Basic Education.

K+12 system basically include the universal kindergarten 6 years of elementary, 4 years of junior high school with an additional 2 years for senior high school, the program also aims to uplift the quality of education in the Philippines in order for graduates to be easily employed. The proposal aims to produce employable 18 years old high school graduates by giving them a longer time to study and master employable skills.

The system aims to fully enhance and develop the students in order to be well prepared especially in emotional and cognitive aspects. The curriculum will allocate specialization in Science and Technology, Music and Arts, Agriculture and Fisheries, Sports, Business and Entrepreneurship. (more…)