In the Philippines, out-of-school youth are given a chance to catch up on their education without having to go back to the last grade level they attended by taking the ALS test. The Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test is an assessment of a student’s competency.
ALS passers are given a diploma or certificate certifying their competencies as comparable to graduates of the formal school system. They are qualified to enroll in high school or college, depending on their level of competency as assessed by the ALS test.
Because ALS passers skipped some years from formal education, a lot of people think that they miss out on a lot of lessons. This might make it difficult for them to catch up with the other students who were able to go through all the lessons from elementary to high school.
But one ALS passer wowed everyone as she was able to easily catch up with her peers. She even graduated Cum Laude from college! Then, she wowed everyone as she ranked #1 in the Teachers’ Board Exams! Isn’t that fantastic?
Kezia Keren Ambag made waves on social media for her inspiring story, after this was shared by Assistant Professor at UP College of Education, Mercedes Arzadon, who was quite amazed by this young woman’s achievement.
“Congrats to ALS-A&E passer (2013) Kezia Keren Ambag who topped (#1) the latest LET also PNU-Mindanao Cum Laude…. The ALS community is proud of you and other ALS grads who recently passed the LET #saALSmayPagasa,” Arzadon shared.
After passing ALS, she enrolled at the Philippine Normal University – Mindanao located in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. She chose to study Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd), a noble profession that would let her inspire and help many students have a better future.
Despite being an ALS passer and skipping a lot of years of basic education, Kezia was able to easily catch up with her peers. She surprised everyone as she graduated Cum Laude from BEEd. But the biggest surprise came when she ranked #1 in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).
Who would have thought that an ALS passer who skipped so many years of basic education would actually rank #1 in the Teachers’ Board Exams, huh? Congratulations, Ma’am Kezia!