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Alternative Learning System and Home Schooling Programs in The Philippines

A guide to alternative learning system and home schooling programs in the Philippines.

Having my wife as a public school mobile teacher, I have learned a lot about one’s need for an education and how it affects the well being of an individual especially in the early stages of their development. 

There is no doubt that education is the most basic requirement to succeed in life. This is why most developing countries list education as their top priority in as far as government service is concerned.

Our understanding of acquiring   education is usually through formal school where learning takes place in classrooms through teacher and pupil discussion.   But there are alternative approaches that parents or an individual can consider aside from formal school  depending on what type of situation they find themselves in.

First of which are programs for out-of-school youths. Many of today’s youths go through the pressure of progressing through the educational pipeline oftentimes unable to handle these challenges due to  family problems or financial difficulties.  As a result they often drop out of formal school.   Out-of-youth programs are aimed at integrating  these drop-outs back into formal school . 

Alternative Learning System

In the Philippines, such program is called the Alternative Learning System or ALS.  Teachers that are involved in this program are called “Mobile Teachers”  for reasons that they often go about teaching in rural and depressed areas where a majority of their clientele can be found.   Included in this program are unemployed adults, industry based undergraduate workers, members of cultural minorities, persons with disabilities/physically challenged,  inmates, rebels and soldiers.  Learning usually takes place in barangay halls or community learning centers.

The process of integration starts with the students attending a 10 month learning and review session conducted by the Mobile Teacher.  After completion, performance are assessed  in preparation for the Accreditation and Equivalency Test (or A&E)  that will be given to these students.  Passers of either the Elementary or Secondary Level  gets a certificate which bears the signature of the Secretary of the Department of Education. This allows a passer to be integrated into formal education and also gives them the chance to enroll for a college degree or  in technical and vocational courses. 

For more information on Alternative Learning System go to:


Home Schooling

Another method one can consider is through home schooling. Home schooling are usually considered by parents who opt to teach their kids on a one on one basis for various reason.  Home schooling though is not that simple and a lot of parents should consider several things before making the decision. Having the patience to teach ones child is on top of the list as kids don’t usually behave well when their parents are the one’s teaching them.  Another is  socialization. School proper offers more activity for a child to engage in to socialize with others.  Nevertheless, many parents still consider this method.

Home schooling in the Philippines is something new.  For accreditation purposes, a home schooling clientele must go to the DepEd  office for validation or they may choose to enroll in a recognized school of the Department of Education. Many universities and catholic organizations are now offering programs for home schooling.    

For more list of homeschooling programs in the Philippines go to:

The need for education is a basic right for every individual to succeed  in life regardless of what status they belong to in society.  

Please also read my article on Manny Pacquiao’s contribution to the Alternative Learning System.

Manny Pacquiao – Boxing, Politics and The Alternative Learning System

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  1. Likha

    On August 19, 2010 at 3:11 am

    This is a valuable post. It is such an irony that the privileged ones do not value their education so much. Marami ang nagloloko. Samantalang yung mga gustong mag-aral, di makapag-aral. I support these programs esp. for our children and youth who desire to build a good future for themselves.

  2. Brewed Coffee

    On August 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Wow, your wife must be busy. It’s an exciting and gratifying job of having to teach those who are underprivileged. A noble profession indeed. I really like that homeschooling idea too. Gives the parents more time to oversee their children. Great post!

  3. Rhodora Bande

    On August 22, 2010 at 1:47 am

    It’s a good thing that our educational system is no longer limited to the traditional classroom teaching. Education is now being extended to the underprivileged. Kudos to those mobile teachers who leave the comfort of their homes in order that they can serve somewhere.

  4. MsPatriciaDV

    On August 22, 2010 at 5:55 am

    My mom is an A&E teacher to the cultural minorities that’s why I like your post. The sad thing is although these A&E teachers work hard, they receive a wage of like Php12,000 PER YEAR…yes, PER YEAR. Imagine. Talagang sakripisyong tunay ang ginagawa ng A&E teachers.

  5. Nykesha Alexandra

    On August 25, 2010 at 4:50 am


  6. oodeguzman

    On November 2, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Socialization has never been an issue for homeschooling. Better do some more research. Thank you

  7. chokkeg

    On May 17, 2011 at 5:51 am

    It’s good to read your post. I have an expository paper to past about this alternative learning system. Thanks for the info :)

  8. bryeunade

    On May 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    glad to be of help chokeng thanks for dropping by..

  9. Jewell Ng

    On October 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Guys, Im from Baguio… can someone please help me im in 4th year high school and im interested in attending a homeschool can someone please give me a list of Schools and Universities in baguio that offers homeschooling please help me ive been doing research for weeks but i still cant find one…

  10. bryeunade

    On October 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Hello Jewel

    You might want to try getting in touch with the DepEd regional office in your area

    Office of the SDS: 442-7819 telefax Planning Office: 446-1488 Administrative Office: 446-6738 ALS: 442-4923
    COA Office: 424-1379 telefax

    They should be able to help you out on this. Good luck..

  11. Kath B.

    On November 19, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    not coool

  12. Faith Malibiran

    On September 3, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I myself have seen ALS as a hope for those who have dropped formal schooling for many reasons. But the problem is see here is the very low percentage of passing in the A and E Exam. I think 10 months is not sufficient for a review because the exam was quite difficult for these out of school youths and adults. Thank you.

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