DO 13, s. 2003 – Inclusion of the Out-Of-School Children Six to Fourteen (6-14) Years of Age in the NFE Accreditation and Equivalency Program Amended by DO 75, s. 2003 – Corrigendum to DepEd Order No. 13, s. 2003 (Inclusion of the Out-of-School Children Six to Fourteen (6-14) Years of Age in the NFE Accreditation and Equivalency Program (NFE A&E))
Directors of Services/Centers and Heads of Units
Schools Division/City Superintendents
Heads, Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools
- The Nonformal Education Accreditation and Equivalency Program (NFE A&E) is an alternative learning system which is designed to provide an opportunity to the out-of-school youth and adults fifteen (15) years old and above to continue learning outside of the classroom and a chance to reenter the formal school system (Source: NFE A&E Manual of Operations, 1999).
- Pursuant to RA 9155 (Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001) specifically IRR Sec. 1.3 (Purposes and Objectives), one of the primary objectives of Basic Education is:
“To establish schools and learning centers, and other school facilities where schoolchildren are able to learn a range of core competencies prescribed for elementary and high school programs or where the out-of- school youth and adult learners, are provided alternative learning programs and receive accreditation for at least the equivalent of an elementary or a high school education.” In the spirit of this law, the NFE A&E Program shall now be offered:
- to out-of-school children aged six to fourteen (6-14) years;
- through community learning centers, the schools or the home; and
- also as a home study program supervised by the school or a service provider.
- Hence, the additional NFE A&E test qualifiers for elementary and secondary levels are all children aged 6-14 years who are:
- drop-outs of the formal school system;
- in the labor force;
- street children;
- children of indigenous communities;
- physically disadvantaged;
- living in areas of armed conflict; and
- are in educational institutions that offer curricula different from the Basic Education Curriculum (BEC).
- It is understood that passers of the NFE A&E tests for elementary level shall be automatically accepted in 1st year High School, and those for secondary level shall be eligible to enter college or post-secondary education.
- The NFE A&E field operations funds better known as Literacy Service Contracting Scheme (LSCS) and Learning Support Delivery System (LSDS) given to regional and division offices will also be used for this purpose.
- This supersedes previous Orders which may be in conflict with the contents of this Order.
- Immediate implementation of this Order and its dissemination to all concerned is directed.
DepEd Order: Nos. 2, s. 2003, and 22, s. 1999
Allotment: 1—(D.O. 50-97)
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