The Department of Education (DepEd) rolled out the implementation of the Enhanced ALS 2.0 on the 2019 ALS K to 12 curriculum last June 25, 2019. The policy guidelines are stated in the DepEd Order no. 013 s. of 2019 in line with its efforts to expand and strengthen the department’s ALS program.
The Enhanced Alternative Learning System (ALS) is a parallel learning system in the Philippines that provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction. It serves as a substitute for anyone who has no access to formal education in schools and institutions.
According to the department, the ALS provides opportunities for out-of-school youth and adult (OSYA) learners to develop basic and functional literacy skills and to access equivalent pathways to complete basic education.
The new ALS K to 12 curriculum provides the blueprint for the enhanced ALS. Known as the 2019 K to 12 BEC, the curriculum is parallel to the DepEd K to 12 Formal School curriculum. It will focus on the 21st Century skills of Information, Media and Technology Skills, Learning and Innovation Skills, Communication Skills, and Life and Career Skills.
Also, the key stages of learning under the 2019 ALS K to 12 BEC are the following: Basic Literacy (BL), Lower Elementary (LE), Advanced Elementary (AE), Junior High School (JHS), and Senior High School (SHS). They are equivalent to Kinder-Grade 1, Grades 2-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-10, and Grades 11-12 respectively in the formal system.
DepEd outlines the learning resources and learning assessment for ALS 2.0 as stated in the guidelines. It also mandates the capacity building program and the roles and responsibilities of ALS Task Force, regional and schools division offices (SDOs).
Learners under the curriculum are required to undertake additional learning in order to learn the additional competencies in the ALS K to 12 BEC, as a reminder from the government. As of now, the assigned officials under the ALS program are continuously working on the full implementation of the Enhanced ALS 2.0.
Credits to Manila Bulletin and DepEd for the details.