Almost every day, when I check the blog stats, the blog post on www.edicio.wordpress.com with the biggest number of visitors is the one on Alternative Learning System or ALS.
I am posting this short blog to answer the mounting number of comments, actually queries, on ALS. I apologize to those who have expected individual answers to their comments. I do not usually respond to the comments on my blogs.
FAQ 1: Where can we find the results of the latest ALS exams, administered last November 2009?
Answer: The official results are supposed to be posted in the DepEd website. When I checked the other day, there are no results posted yet.
I can understand the impatience and frustration of the learners and those who have helped them. I have told my contacts in the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) of DepEd about your many comments and complaints, and urged them to post the results soonest. But so far, no results have been posted.
A point of clarification to those who have vented their frustration on me (I had to delete the more insulting comments). I am not a DepEd official, and have no power at all over when the results will be posted.
My involvement in ALS is as the head of E-net Philippines, a civil society network that does advocacy for Education for All, which includes ALS. Many of our member NGOs offer ALS in cooperation with the DepEd and the LGUs. They are also still waiting for the results to be posted.
So what can we do, other than wait?
Keep asking and following up with whoever is your contact in the BALS and DepEd, including those who have helped you join your learning group in ALS. Any form of pressure on the DepEd can hasten the posting of the results.
FAQ 2: I want to enroll in ALS. How do I join?
Answer: There are three usual options. 1) Contact your local DepEd (the district supervisor’s office, or even the principal of the local public high school). They are supposed to offer ALS to those out of school youth and adults who want to join. They also have a budget, though limited. 2) Contact your local government official (barangay captain/councilor, or mayor/vice-mayor,councilors). Many LGUs offer ALS in cooperation with the DepEd. 3) Contact an NGO or development agency working in your community. Ask if they offer ALS as part of their programs.
A fourth option is to ask around if there is anyone in your community who has enrolled in ALS, and get information from him/her.
If you have extra energy, I suggest that instead of purely individual effort, you look for others who are also interested to enroll in ALS. Then go as a group to the DepEd, the LGU, or the NGO. If you can contact your congressman or congresswoman, there is a better chance that they will respond to your request if you are a group. Write to the newspapers and call the radio talk shows.
And don’t let the answer to FAQ 1 discourage you.
2010 Update: Like last year, this blog has received many queries and comments about the results of the October 2010 exams. it seems that the DepEd had initially promised the results by November. But based on phone calls to the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS), the test results will not be available until February 2011.
Since it takes time to answer the questions and comments, and we cannot immediately respond to one another, I have opened a Facebook page – ALS: Alternative Learning System. Check it out and post your comments there, for faster interaction.