The Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) programme aims to: a) offer an alternative pathway by which leaners earn an educational qualification comparable to that gained through the formal school system; b) provide a national accreditation and equivalency system for assessing levels of literacy and non-formal achievement system.
Implementing organization: The Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS), Department of Education
Policy Support Mechanism: RA 9155 (Governance of Basic Education Act, 2011)
- 12 years old and above
- dropouts in elementary and secondary schools, out-of-school youths, non-readers
- ALS curriculum covers 5 interrelated learning strands -equivalent to “subjects” in the formal school system-as below: communication skills;
- problem-solving and critical thinking;
- sustainable use of resources/productivity;
- development of self and a sense of community;
- expanding one’s world vision
Duration: 10 months of school or 800 hours in the classroom
Integration into formal Education/Accrediation Certification system
Successful candidatesof Accreditation and Equivalency examinations gain the necessary qualifications to join formal school and post-school education programmes.
Teachers’ Recruitment and Training
The key person in delivering the A&E programme is the instructional manager (IM) who is responsible for supervising/facilitating the learning process for groups of up to 25 A&E learners.
Students’ Assessment of learning
- Post-learning assessment: non-formal assessment methodologies such as portfolio assessment, pre-/post-module assessment
- Equivalency testing: test instruments based on the A&E curriculum framework and learning materials for two levels of certification