1. Is e-Skwela separate from Deped's Alternative Learning System (ALS), and its Accreditation & Equivalency (A&E) program?
No, e-Skwela is not separate from DepEd-ALS. The difference mainly lies in the mode of ALS delivery; at an e-Skwela Center, ICT's (electronic modules, Learning Management System, module guides computer, Internet/ World Wide Web) are utilized to deliver ALS. On the other hand, print modules are used in the traditional ALS. However, they uphold the same set of learning ideals (learning that is self-paced, project based, and learner centered; life skills approach). Learners from both delivery modes (traditional ALS and eSkwela) may aspire to take the A&E exam; upon passing this exam, the learner will be given an A&E high school diploma.
2. How do I qualify for a learner slot at an eSkwela Center?
You should be able to meet the same set of requirements required in the print module version of ALS.
You should be at least 15 years old; if you are younger than 15 years, you are encouraged to complete your secondary education through the formal education system (private/public high school).
You should be ready with the required documents: your birth certificate, a certification from the school you last attended that you were unable to complete the secondary level.
3. What level of Accrediatation & Equivalency (A&E) is current being offered at the eSkwela Centers?
Currently, secondary A&E is initially being offered at the eSkwela centers. The elementary A&E will be offered soon after the elementary e-modules are developed.
4. Is there a test I have to take in order to qualify as an eSkwela learner?
Yes, the eSkwela Center will have you to take a Functional Literacy Test (FLT), which will assess the actual level of education you have acquired.
5. Am I automatically accepted as an eSkwela learner if I already completed my elementary education?
Your chances of acceptance as an eSkwela learner could be higher if you have already completed your elementary education, BUT you will have to qualify through the FLT.
6. Can I still apply as an eSkwela learner if I was not able to complete my elementary education?
Yes, you can still apply even if you are not an elementary graduate. You just have to take the Functional Literacy Test (FLT) and qualify for secondary A&E.
7. Do I need to know how to use a computer before I can be accepted as an eSkwela learner?
Although it is an advantage if you already know how to use a computer, it is not a requirement in order for you to be accepted at eSkwela. The eSkwela facilitators will be giving you remedial sessions on basic computer literacy on your first sessions so you will be able to optimally use the computer for your learning sessions.
8. Is there an enrollment fee at an eSkwela Center?
No. Apart from your regular expenses (transportation, baon) and minimal fess ( some eSkwela Centers have prepared eSkwela shirts as the learner's uniforms and ID's). The eSkwela learning sessions are free.
9. When is the best time for me to apply at an eSkwela Center?
The best time to apply is the period after learners have taken their A&E exam, which is being administered every October. For most eSkwela Centers, the learning period starts in January; thus learner selection is usually done from November to December of the previous year. However, you can still inquire at an eSkwela Center anytime for inquiries.
10. How often should I attend learning sessions at an eSkwela Center?
You and an eSkwela learning facilitator will determine your schedule of learning sessions, in consideration of your work/job (if you are already employed) and availability. Once finalized, you are required to observe your learning schedule.
REGISTRATION FOR ALS
CLASS S.Y. 2011
By: Irene P. Aranas
DALSC, District II
All Accreditation and Equivalency Test
Registrants for the upcoming 2012 test will be needed to attend literacy
classes in Alternative Learning System before they register for the said
examination. Here are the following ways
how to enroll in literacy class of ALS.
in their designated barangay for the information needed in the enrollment.
2. They can personally enroll in ALS Office located
at Phase III, Doña Francisca Subd., Talisay, Balanga City beside DEPED Division
of City of Balanga.
3. The requirements needed are the following:
Original and xerox
copies of the following government issued identification
a. Valid driver’s license
b. Valid passport
c. Voter’s I.D
d. SSS/GSIS I.D
e. Postal I.D.
f. NBI Clearance (Xerox/photocopy not needed)
g. Barangay Certification with photo (stating
complete name and date of birth)
School drop out who
are not employed and not old enough to acquire the above documents must submit
an Authenticated Birth Certificate