Books vs drugs: DepEd eyes ALS for drug users

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 04 2016 01:39 PM

MANILA - The Department of Education (DepEd) wants to incorporate the alternative learning system (ALS) into government's rehabilitation program for drug users.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said they hope to offer ALS to young drug users who are in rehabilitation centers or those who have surrendered to authorities.

DepEd has asked for a list of school-age drug dependents from the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Teachers will be sent to the houses and rehabilitation centers of these children through the help of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Briones said.

The ALS is a parallel learning system that provides school dropouts with access to complete basic education in a mode that fits their distinct situations and needs.

An assistant secretary may be appointed to focus on aiding learners outside the formal education system through ALS.

Education officials also plant to allocate P700 million in funds for ALS programs in 2017.

DepEd is asking for a P571-billion budget for next year, which is 30 percent higher than its 2016 budget.

Aside from boosting ALS, Briones mentioned she also wants to put priority on reviewing the country's sex education curriculum.

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-- With reports from Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News; Alex Calda, DZMM