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Bicam ratifies open high school system bill

House of Representatives

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – The House of Representatives and the Senate have ratified in a bicameral conference the country’s open high school system that would benefit out of school youths and adults, and the measure needs only the signature of President Aquino.

House Bill 4085, also known as the Open High School System Act, establishes an Open High School System (OHSS) as part of the Department of Education (DepEd)’s alternative secondary education program to provide access to secondary education through the open learning modality to out of school youths and adults.

Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr., vice chairman of the House committee on higher and technical education and co-author of the bill, said yesterday that the measure aims to provide equal opportunity for adults and children of high school age who are out of school to avail themselves of free open high school education through the distance learning modality.

The measure authorizes public secondary educational institutions certified to practice open learning through self-instructional materials, multi-channel learning and school-family-community partnership as qualified OHSS implementers.

The OHSS will be open to all youth and adults who have finished elementary education, as well as high school qualifiers of the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) and the Alternative learning System (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Test.

The OHSS will adopt the K to 12 enhanced basic education curriculum using the standards and learning competencies of different subject areas of the program.

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The DepEd will administer the OHSS and create an OHSS unit to assist the department in performing its functions.

It will be responsible for the training of the open high school teachers, teacher advisers and community advisers, which will be done in coordination with the local government units and non-government organizations.

Aliping has pushed for bills that seek to improve education and help deserving indigent students finish their studies.

 

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