Thanks to Google, I found a very useful bit of information about the PVT as it concerns homeschoolers here.
The program provides an opportunity for elementary school graduates, high school drop-outs and successful examinees of the Philippine Education Placement Test (PEPT) to complete secondary education in a purely distance learning mode.
The program provides printed self-learning modules for students to use for their lessons and classroom activities.
9485, entitled "AN ACT TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY IN THE DELIVERY OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC BY REDUCING BUREAUCRATIC RED TAPE, PREVENTING GRAFT AND CORRUPTION, AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREFOR" otherwise known as the "Anti-Red Tape Act", reads, among other things, that: SEC.
Homeschooling in the Philippines can be classified under two groups: those who are enrolled in a Dep Ed Accredited Homeschool Provider and those who are independent homeschoolers.
This post is an EXTRA post — a ‘bonus’ one, you could say — and is part of the series of posts that I’ll be writing this week, as my response to Jen @ Conversion Diary’s 2nd Epic Blogging Challenge. Before you proceed, please take note that this is not meant to be a ‘full-blown’ post about independent homeschooling in the Philippines (sorry, I don’t have time for that now, but I’ll try to write a follow-up to this post soon! Hopefully though, after reading this, you will have a clearer idea of what it means to be an ‘independent homeschooler.’ Independent vs Dep Ed-accredited homeschooling Here in the Philippines, we can loosely classify homeschoolers in two groups: the independent ones and the ones enrolled with Dep Ed-accredited providers (like Bo Sanchez’s Catholic Filipino Academy, CCF’s The Master’s Academy, Peniel Academy and so on).
Generally, if you are NOT enrolled with a local homeschool provider (meaning one based in the Philippines, affiliated with a local school and accredited or acknowledged by Dep Ed) then you are an independent homeschooler.
So, what does it mean when you say independent homeschooling?
Currently, independent homeschooling is a term use if you are not connected to a Dep Ed accredited homeschool provider (but enrolled in a foreign provider) or not connected to any provider at all.
This may be even more evidently felt when you feel that you and your family are alone on this wacky, wild journey.
It is an alternative mode of formal secondary education program run by the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) of the Department of Education (Dep ED) of the Republic of the Philippines.
A more recent post on the same page — in 2013 — says it may be easier to go the ALS (Alternative Learning System) route. It makes sense then that one of the best things to do would be to inquire at the school where you plan to enroll your homeschooled kids — ask them what their requirements are, etc.