I very nice gesture from our Elected officials. Will they get employment after school? Are they creating jobs too?
By Maria Teresa B. Benas
BANGUED, Abra, Aug. 1 (PIA) — High school graduates here under the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education will have a chance to pursue their college education through scholarship.
Both Congresswoman Ma. Jocelyn V. Bernos and Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin offered the graduates scholarships during the special recognition ceremony for ALS graduates held last week. These will enable them to continue their formal schooling.
Bernos offered her Joy Educational Assistance Program (Joy EAP) while Provincial Administrator Genalyn Verzola said the governor’s scholarship program is available to everyone willing to undergo not only formal schooling but also to train in special trades and skills trainings offered by the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (Tesda) which he is sponsoring.
To avail of the scholarship, interested applicants can file an application form. After they have enrolled, they must submit a photo copy of their school ID and registration of enrollment.
According to Noe Magayam, the OIC Education Supervisor for the ALS program of the Division of Abra, 69 learners graduated in December of last year.
Although they finished their modules last year, they received their certificates and diplomas only this year because they had to undergo the Equivalency and Accreditation examination.
The ALS program of the DepEd is a special learning module that caters to the needs of the disadvantaged sector of society especially the youth who have dropped out from school for one reason or another. The conduct of the classes is based on the availability of the learners especially if the learners are on the job.
There are also inmates of the Abra provincial jail who graduated from the ALS program.
Once the ALS learners finished their modules, they can already go back to the mainstream of the formal educational system. Otherwise, they can go into special trainings under the Tesda if they choose to. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR,Abra)