Sunday, June 13, 2010

eSkwela Frequently Asked Questions

For out-of-school youth and adults interested to complete their secondary education (Accreditation and Equivalency) through eSkwela

1. Is eSkwela separate from DepED’s Alternative Learning System (ALS), and its Accreditation & Equivalency (A&E) program? 
Get a copy of the CD to do self learning at home where he can get a copy of the CD. Once he was at the Center, Angelyn Malabanan, an eSkwela learning facilitator, was generous enough to provide him not only a copy of the CD but also a walk-through on how ALS sessions are conducted there, albeit with a technological twist.

No, eSkwela is not separate from DepED-ALS. The difference mainly lies in the mode of ALS delivery; at an eSkwela Center, ICTs (electronic modules, Learning Management System, module guides, computers, Internet/World Wide Web) are utilized to deliver ALS. On the other hand, print modules are used in the traditional ALS. However, they uphold the same set of learning ideals (learning that is self-paced, project-based, and learner-centered; life skills approach). Learners from both delivery modes (traditional ALS and eSkwela) may aspire to take the A&E exam; upon passing this exam, the learner will be given an A&E certificate of completion, equivalent to a high school diploma.

2. How do I qualify for a learner slot at an eSkwela Center?

You should be able to meet the same set requirements required in the print module version of ALS:

· You should be at least 15 years old; if you are younger than 15 years, you are encouraged to complete your secondary education through the formal education system (private/public high school).

· You should be ready with the required documents: your birth certificate, a certification from the school you last attended (if you previously went to school) that you were unable to complete the secondary level.

3. What level of Accreditation & Equivalency (A&E) is currently being offered at the eSkwela Centers?

Currently, secondary A&E (A&E at the secondary level of education) is initially being offered at the eSkwela Centers. The elementary A&E will be offered soon after the elementary e-modules are developed.

4. Is there a test I have to take in order to qualify as an eSkwela learner?
Yes, the eSkwela Center will have you take a Functional Literacy Test (FLT), which will assess the actual level of education you have acquired.

5. Am I automatically accepted as an eSkwela learner if I already completed my elementary education?

Your chances of acceptance as an eSkwela learner could be higher if you have already completed your elementary education, BUT you will still have to qualify through the FLT.

7. Do I need to know how to use a computer before I can be accepted as an eSkwela learner?

Although it is an advantage if you already know how to use a computer, it is not a requirement in order for you to be accepted at eSkwela. The eSkwela facilitators will be giving you remedial sessions on basic computer literacy (particularly basic navigation skills, using the mouse, and the Internet browser) on your first sessions so you will be able to optimally use the computer for your learning sessions.

8. Is there an enrollment/registration fee at an eSkwela Center?

No. Apart from your regular expenses (transportation, baon) and minimal fees (some eSkwela Centers have prepared eSkwela shirts as the learners’ uniforms and IDs), The eSkwela learning sessions are free.

9. When is the best time for me to apply at an eSkwela Center?

The best time to apply is the period after learners have taken their A&E exam, which is being administered every October. For most eSkwela Centers, the learning period starts in January; thus, learner selection is usually done from November to December of the previous year. However, you can still inquire at an eSkwela Center anytime for inquiries.

10. How often should I attend learning sessions at an eSkwela Center?

You and an eSkwela learning facilitator will determine your schedule of learning sessions, in consideration of your work/job (if you are already employed) and availability. Once finalized, you are required to observe your learning schedule.
Those who pass the elementary level examination will be allowed to proceed to the high school level while those who passed the secondary level may choose to enroll in post-secondary technical and vocational courses. Another choice is to enroll in two, three, four or five-year courses in member schools of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and others likewise supervised by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). They can also avail of the skills training programs of the Meralco Foundation and those provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). 
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  1. can anyone give a copy of eskwela? im a moblie teacher and i need to have this LM for my learners..tnx

  2. can anyone give a copy of eskwela? im a moblie teacher and i need to have this LM for my learners..tnx