ALS’s Pride: Former ‘Pasaway’ pupil turned educator-photographer continues to inspire learners

Image via Facebook | Jemuel Morato
  • Former ‘pasaway’ student of the Alternative Learning System proved a complete turnaround is possible
  • After becoming an ALS passer, he pursued college studies and became an educator
  • He returned to the institution which gave him a new lease in life and became an educator there

“Handa sa hamon ng buhay.”

This was a former ALS student’s message to the graduates of DepEd’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) in Calamba City, Laguna last year and it still rings true for every student there.

A teacher from the DepEd’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) in Calamba City was so proud to share Jemuel’s story to her friends and colleagues on the social media platform.

Ms. Banzuela  was truly surprised with her former student’s achievements when he came to visit her in the institution which had been his second home some years ago. Apparently, it was no ordinary short visit.

Photo by Yayo Banzuela via Facebook

On her post she narrated Morato’s remarkable journey after he graduated in 2012. She was so elated after learning that Morato, who was one of her former boisterous students in ALS, had become an achiever.

After passing the Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test in 2012, Morato furthered his education in college and actually became an educator himself; passing the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) on his first take.

He had the privilege of teaching in two private schools in Laguna – Morning Star Montessori School and St. Benilde International School, but after a while he decided he wanted to become a part of the institution which paved the way for him to have a new chance in life.

Moreover, Morato also found his niche in photography and is now a graphic artist, too.

An amazing twist to a former ALS student’s journey, indeed!

Image via Facebook | Jemuel Morato

Ma’am Banzuela couldn’t be any prouder: The youth who never forgets where he came from. Not just to check on us, but to serve and help others like him before. So proud of you! You’re not just my former student, because I know we will now become co-teachers. I’m happy with your success! I really prayed for this.  Hoping you’ll also be an instrument in inspiring others like you before who never lost hope and aimed for their dream. Thank you, for not failing our expectations. Welcome sa Deped Calamba City! Welcome sa Als Calamba!

Photo by Jose Leo Pamplona

Yes, Morato has become a huge part of the team which pushed him to reach for his dreams and have a better life. He now belongs to an exceptional group whose dedication to their chosen profession is so admirable.

You see, being an ALS educator requires much patience and perseverance because they mostly deal with students who have to be regularly boosted into continuing their education despite being overage or having personal challenges in life.

Sir Morato has become a living inspiration to his fellow ALS graduates and to his students in Calamba and he is continuously earning the love of more of his students with his passion to help them make new beginnings.

Just recently, he shared meeting up with his former learners, who are now ALS passers; describing them as learners na ‘di nakakalimot. 

The Alternative Learning System

The Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test, formerly known as the Non-formal Education A&E Test, is a paper and pencil test designed to measure the competencies of those who have neither attended nor finished elementary or secondary education in the formal school system.

Passers of the A&E Test are given a certificate/diploma, bearing the Department of Education (DepEd) seal and the signature of the Secretary, certifying their competencies as comparable graduates of the formal school system. Passers are qualified to enroll in secondary and post-secondary schools.

This is DepEd’s solution mostly for the overage, out-of-school youth (OSY) and dropouts; an opportunity given to those who want to have a chance to improve their lives through education.

Hail to ALS and all its educators!