TAYABAS CITY, Quezon- A 74-year-old grandmother was greeted with deafening applause when she attended the moving up ceremony in Brgy. Lita of the city this Friday (October 29).
Although slightly delayed due to the pandemic, the graduation of the students proceeded.
There were 154 graduates for the class of 2020-2021.
Ten graduated from elementary school and 144 from Junior High School.
Grandma Elena De la Cruz is one of the Junior High School graduates through the Alternative Learning System (ALS).
Her teacher is her granddaughter, Teacher Syrelle Banagan who is also an ALS passer.
According to Lola Elena, age is not an obstacle to achieving the desired education.
"When I found out that my granddaughter works as an ALS Teacher, I also wanted to finish school even though I was old," said Lola Elena.
According to Teacher Syrelle, Lola Elena is naturally fond of studying and reading.
"Therefore , she is the one we approach when her grandchildren have assignments," said Teacher Syrelle to Opinyon Quezonin.
Teacher Syrelle added I give grandma the module, and she finishes quickly. About Mathematics, we are tutoring one on one.
According to Fely Ocumin, Education Program Specialist II for ALS of DepEd Tayabas, age is not a barrier to having an elementary diploma and a certificate for junior high school.
"This is not an obstacle to fulfill and continue the failed dream.
"It is said that learning never stops," said Ocumin.
Ocumin also called those wishing to complete their studies to enroll and get in touch with ALS.ALS is a Department of Education (DepEd) program, also called second-chance education, that aims to help out of school youth, workers, the disabled, those released from prison, former government rebels, indigenous people, and others.
A person who has not been to school or has not graduated but wants to learn and continue to study is welcome to the program.
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