The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday launched the first batch of new modules for students of the Alternative Learning System.
About 3 million junior high school ALS students ages 15 to 24 are expected to benefit from the learning materials, said DepEd Assistant Secretary GH Ambat.
“There is a new ALS curriculum. We are already in line with K to 12,” she said.
“These resources cover the 21st century skills required in the K-to-12 curriculum, which will help students once they start working or when they move to senior high school,” she added.
Ambat said the new modules took into consideration the “life experiences” of ALS students, including those who juggle school and work or those who returned to school but cannot enroll with their age group.
“It recognizes their prior learning and ensures that they will be able to use their education when they go to work… It focuses on their needs as well,” she said.
The modules went through a quality-assurance process and took DepEd 2 years to release them, the official said.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) joined the event.
Kim Eunsub, country director of the KOICA Philippine Office, said he was “touched” and “moved” by the launch of the modules, which he hoped would help students in conflict areas to continue their studies.
Kim said he was optimistic that new modules for other grade levels would also be released.
“In the future, we need to make ALS modules for the [senior] high school curriculum. We are looking forward to new projects with UNESCO Jakarta and also DepEd of the Philippines,” he said.