Benguet NHS Strengthens BPOSA Program

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The Balik-Paaralan Para sa Out-of-School Adults (BP-OSA) is a non-formal education program for the secondary schools. Entry of learners in the program is allowed as a matter of policy. BP-OSA is a school-based delivery mode of ALS A&E program. The teachers are from secondary schools serving as Instructional Managers (IMs). Mr. Nestor O. Dalay-on, School Principal serves as Coordinating Principal who supervises the conduct of the learning sessions.

The objectives of this program are as follows: (a) to provide a system for assessing levels of literacy and alternative learning achievement based on a curriculum covering functional literacy skills and competencies that are designed to be comparable to those of the formal school system. (b) Offer an alternative pathway by which out-of-school children, youth and adults earn an educational qualification comparable to that of the formal school system. (c) Enable out-of-school children, youth and adults to gain reading, writing and numeracy skills to meet their learning goals as they define them.  (d) Strengthen the acquisition of employable and trainable skills in entrepreneurship and livelihood skills.

It was 1998 since the BPOSA Program was piloted at Benguet NHS and still continuously and successfully implemented the program. The learners complete and pass the Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency Test which is the bases for them to pursue their career. Those who became successful are invited during the graduation of ALS learners to inspire more of their peers to continue and pursue their dreams in life.

Strengthening the implementation of the program at Benguet National High School continuously supports the conduct of enrolment through online and face to face. Following the IATF Protocols against COVID 19. The program still conducts modular and blended learning to learners in this pandemic. Learners are to enroll themselves for they will be interviewed during the process and to bring with them their requirements as to birth certificates and cards if possible.

Once they will be qualified the learners are provided with learning materials/packets for them to answer at home.

With the schools capacity, about two hundred fifty (250) learners is to be handled by 5 Instructional Managers. We are very grateful that with the recommendation of Ms. Gloria M. Buya-ao, Schools Division Superintendent of Benguet, the Provincial Government funded 1 Provincial School Board (PSB) Paid Teacher exclusive for BPOSA Program for this school year. The learning sessions for School Year 2021-2022 will start on September 13, 2021 and ends on June 24, 2022 following the DepEd guidelines. By Ingrid Comiles Odiong

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