Clarification in the selection of honor

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By Lorenzo E. Mendoza

The Scribe's Corner

Sunday, September 16, 2012


DIRECTOR'S Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepEd 11 Regional Director Susana Teresa B. Estigoy, CESO IV to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education) I do not consider my job as plain work -- rather it is my LIFE. We have to continually examine what succeeds and fails, and why. We have to uphold and live true to our battlecry and slogan of governance: "Education For All (EFA) 2015: Karapatan ng Lahat, Pananagutan ng Lahat."

DepEd Order No. 74, s. 2012 released on Sept. 6, 2012 introduced the guidelines in the selection of honor pupils/students of Grades 1 to 10 of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum. It was made clear in the said DepEd Order that only Grades 1 and 7, the first two levels being implemented in the current school year will be using them this school year. The grade/year levels not mentioned will still be using the existing guidelines (DepEd Order No. 92, s. 2009).

In the recent issuance, candidates for honors in Grades 1 to 10 shall be drawn from the top 10 pupils/students of the school who performed at the Advance Level. Further, they shall have no final grade lower than 85 (Proficient Level) and no grade at Developing Level in any quarter within the school year.

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Enclosures 1 and 2 of DepEd Order 92, s. 2009 shall be used in determining the top 10 pupils/students using the 7 (academic) -- 3 (co-curricular) performances ranking.

It was also mentioned that transferees can be considered in the honors list if they were enrolled not later second week of the current school year.

In the computation of the general average, it shall be done using up to the three (3) decimal places based on the exact numerical equivalent of the students' final ratings across subject areas. No breaking of ties is allowed.

No candidates for honors will be considered from those who were subjected to disciplinary action and those who do not possess good moral character within the current school year.

Also to be given recognition are achievements of pupils/students in specific academic disciplines like Mathematics, Science and English and special curricular areas such as sports, the arts and campus journalism. In Guideline No. 6 of the said DepEd Order, it was stated that the school may opt to declare separate set of honor students for each curriculum program (ESEP, General Curriculum, etc.)

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Only those duly recognized annexes with complete curriculum grades/years shall select their own set of honor students. A relative within the second degree of consanguinity of a student considered in the ranking shall not sit as member of the School Selection Committee.

A School Selection Committee shall be chaired by the School Head with at least three (3) other members coming from the teaching staff. The final announcement of honor pupil/students shall be made 15 days before the recognition/commencement exercises. It shall be duly recommended by the School Head and/or the Schools Division Superintendent. During the selection process, candidates of honors and their advisers must be present.

If in any circumstances that a protest will be filed, the candidate with his/her parent/guardian may do so within five (5) working days from the final announcement and in turn shall be settled by the selection committee within the same number of days from the filing of the protest.

This column would like to reiterate that these guidelines apply only to Grades 1 and 7 and the rest (Grade 2 to 6) and (second year to fourth year) shall still follow the existing DepEd Order No. 92, s. 2009. This also applies with the report card to be printed.

You can access DepED Updates, latest issuances and other relevant information through our website: http://www.deped.gov.ph. and our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/deped.regionxi For comments, suggestions and/or contributions, email depedregion11@gmail.com. For queries, complains and other concerns, call DepED Region 11 at (082) 227-9342 or fax to (082) 227-1102 and (082) 221-6147.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 17, 2012.

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