The Effective Alternative Secondary Education Project, or Project EASE, is a program designed by the Department of Education and in coordination with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization - Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-Innotech). It targets regular high school students who intermittently miss classes due to various reasons. Unlike the Open High School Program, Project EASE is not a total replacement for regular classes; rather it is designed for students who will only miss a part of the school year (such as planting and harvesting season) to be able to continue their studies.
Project EASE uses a module-based approach - students are given modules for them to take home and be able to study their lessons outside the classroom. It was launched in 1997, with Davao City National High School among the first pilot schools to implement this program. The program is now available in public high schools nationwide, and is now part of the Drop Out Reduction Program (DORP).
To qualify for Project EASE, applicants must be
- Regular students who will only be temporarily unable to attend regular classes
- Pass the English and Filipino reading and writing tests
- Pass the Mathematical ability test
- Pass the coping ability assessment
Schools offering Project EASE
Interested applicants may contact the respective DORP Regional Coordinators for referral to the nearest school division that offers Project EASE.
In the National Capital Region, four schools offering Project EASE can be contacted directly:
- Marikina National High School
- Malabon National High school
- Tinajeros National High School - Malabon
- Francisco National High School - Quezon City
- Bureau of Secondary Education-Project EASE webpage
- Baguio City National High School
- Davao City National High School