Regional, Bureau and Center Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Heads of Private Schools
1. The May 2002 Non-formal Education Accreditation and Equivalency (NFE A&E) Tests will be administered in approved designated Testing Centers on Sunday, 12 May 2002 to qualified Filipino citizens, Balikbayans and Foreigners, in the following regions.
National Capital Region – All Schools Divisions
Region IV – Oriental Mindoro and Romblon
Region V – Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon
Region VI – Aklan, Antique and Capiz
Region VII – Cebu City, lapu-lapu City, Mandaue City,
Bohol and Negros Oriental
Region VIII – Southern Leyte and Western Samar
Region IX – Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur
Region XII – North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat
Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) – Abra and Ifugao
Autonomous Region for Muslim – Maguindanao
Region I – La Union and Pangasinan II
Region II – Cagayan and Isabela
Region III – Bataan and Pampanga
Region IV – Batangas and Cavite
Region V – Camarines Norte
Region X – Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental
Region XI – General Santos, South Cotabato, Davao del Norte,
Davao del Sur, Davao City and Sarangani
Region XII – Cotabato City
Depends on the peace and order situation
2. The prospective NFE A&E examinees are Out-of-School Youth and Adults, aged 15 years and above (as of 12 May 2002) who are basically literate or have completed the Functional Education and Literacy Program (FELP). They should have been out-of-school for at least three (3) months on the date of the registration.
3. The NFE A&E Tests are open to prospective examinees from either of the following categories:
- Learners who have attended or are attending learning sessions conducted by Service Providers contracted under the NFE A&E Learning Support Delivery System (LSDS), or
- Qualified individuals who are basically literate and have not enrolled in nor attended the NFE A&E learning sessions but have been found to be qualified to take the tests after undergoing the screening process conducted by the Test Registration Officer (TRO) assigned in the area,
- Learners or individuals who have taken previous NFE A&E Tests but have not passed the test.
- BP-OSA learners who may wish to take the NFEA&E Tests in the approved testing centers.
4. Any misrepresentation made by any registrant with regard to his/her identity, age and status as out-of- school will render the registration and the test result invalid.
5. There will be two levels of the NFE A&E Tests – Elementary Level (approximately three hours and thirty minutes) and Secondary Level (approximately four hours and fifteen minutes) which are paper and pencil-based tests with multiple choice type questions based on the skills and competencies detailed in the NFE Curriculum Framework and an essay writing test. Both the Elementary and Secondary Level Tests will be administered simultaneously in the morning of 12 May 2002. The test will start at 7:30 a.m. Elementary and Secondary level examinees should be at the designated Testing Centers before 7:30 a.m. on 12 May, the day of the tests bringing with them the lower portion of the Test Registration Form for presentation to the Examiner.
6. In order to qualify for an Elementary or Secondary Level Certificate, NFE A&E examinees will have to pass both the multiple-choice test and the writing composition assessment. Examinees who fail to meet the minimum requirements of either of these tests will not be eligible to receive an N FE A&E Certificate.
7. There will absolutely be no change in the date of the NFE A&E Tests.
8. No fees shall be paid by the test registrants/examinees.
9. The Testing Centers, which also serve as Test Registration Centers, are public or private elementary or high schools which were designated/recommended by the Schools Division Superintendents. A complete list of approved Testing Centers is attached in Enclosure No. 2. No change of Testing Centers will be allowed unless absolutely necessary and with written approval of the Undersecretary for Regional Operations and Non-formal Education or the Director IV of the BNFE. The number of examinees per testing room is limited to only thirty (30) except for the last room which may have less than thirty examinees. Differently-abled examinees are assigned to a testing room in the ground floor nearest the gate and/or toilet.
10. The Bureau of Non-formal Education (BNFE), in coordination with the Center for Educational Measurement (CEM), the National Education Testing and Research Center (NETRC), Health and Nutrition Center (HNC), Bureau of Elementary Education (BEE), Third Elementary Education Project (TEEP), Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE), Secondary Education Development Project (SEDIP), Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC), Office of the Planning Service (OPS), and the Regional Offices and Schools Divisions shall oversee this testing activity. The BNFE Director, Regional Directors and Schools Division Superintendents shall ensure the effective supervision and administration of these tests in their respective sphere of responsibility. All these offices shall assist the BNFE in the monitoring of the test administration. A one-day orientation with the aforecited personnel will be conducted at 1:30 in the afternoon of 8 May 2002 at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan, DepEd Complex, Pasig City.
11. An Orientation on the Test Administration and the use of the Examiner’s Manual for Test Administration will be conducted by the DepEd Central Office and CEM staff in the Division Level for the Testing Center Administrators (school principal of the school serving as testing center). Examiners and Roving Proctors and other concerned staff on 10 May 2002, two days or one day before the test at the Di vision Office or designated testing centers. Principals serving as Testing Center Coordinators, teachers serving as examiners, and roving proctors who will attend the orientation will be reimbursed their travel expenses and will be provided with one snack and one lunch. They are advised to inspect the testing rooms where they are assigned, the day before the test and make the necessary board work and to ensure that only thirty (30) armchairs are in the room.
All duly designated officials and staff who will serve during the conduct of the tests on 12 May 2002 will be given honorarium for the service rendered.
13. Attached are the following Enclosures:
No. 1 – Guidelines on the Administration of the NFE A&E Tests of July 1 will apply
No. 2 – Final List of Approved Testing Centers
14. Any breach of security and any violation of policies governing the administration of the NFE A&E Tests, such as allowing nonqualified persons to register and take the test, reading of the test booklets by persons other than the qualified examinees, photocopying of the test booklets, supplying answers to the test questions to the examinees and other related acts will be dealt with accordingly in accordance with the provisions of DECS Order No. 85, s. 1999.
15. Immediate and wide dissemination of the contents of this Order to all concerned is desired.
RAMON C. BACANI
DECS Order Nos. 22, 40, 85 and 92 s. 1999
DECS Order No. 8 and 47, 57 and 61, s. 2000
DECS Order No. 24, s. 2001
Allotment: I – (D O.50 – 97)
To be indicated in the Perpetual Index
under the following subjects: