DO 9, s. 2004 – DO 9, s. 2004 – Guidelines in the Selection of Honor Pupils/Students in Public Schools Amended by DO 19, s. 2004 – Amendment and Clarification to DepED Order No. 9, s. 2004 (Guidelines in the Selection of Honor Pupils/Students in Public Schools)
To: Bureau Directors
Schools Division/City Superintendents
Heads, Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools
- To give due recognition to pupils/students who have shown exemplary performance in their school work, this Department amends the existing guidelines in the selection of honor pupils/students:
- Any pupil/student whether graduating or not, may be a candidate for honors even if he/she is a transferee to the school.
- Only the top two (2) pupils/students in academic subjects, regardless of whether they have grades lower than 80% or not in any of their subjects, shall be ranked to determine the Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Academic standing shall be based on the general average of the pupils/students.
- Ranking for Valedictorian and Salutatorian at the secondary level shall follow the 7-3 point scheme, that is, academic excellence shall be given 7 points, and co-curricular activities, 3 points.
- This applies only in the secondary level. At the elementary level, all awards shall be based on academic standing only.
- Grades obtained in the Third Year or Grade Five shall not be included in the computation for ranking purposes in the case of graduating pupils/students.
- The candidates for Honorable Mention at all grade or year levels shall be ranked based on their academic standing only.
- Distinctions in curricular and co-curricular activities may likewise be awarded to recognize excellence in specific fields, e.g., “Best in Mathematics”, “Best in Arts”, “Leadership Award”, etc.
- A separate set of honor pupils/students may be declared for schools with special curricular programs (e.g., special science, arts, sports, SPED). The number of honor pupils/students will be determined by the school proportionate to the total enrolment in the special classes.
- Annexes of secondary schools may also be entitled to a separate set of honor pupils/students if they have reached a minimum enrolment of 500.
- Private schools implementing the 2002 Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) may follow the same guidelines.
- The final selection and announcement of honor pupils/students shall be made not later than fifteen (15) days before the recognition rites/commencement exercises. The head of school, as Chair of the Selection Committee, shall do the final announcement.
- Protests, if any, should be filed within five (5) working days before the recognition/graduation rites and shall be settled at the division level only not later than three (3) working days before the recognition/graduation.
- Provisions of previous issuances that are inconsistent with this Order are rescinded.
- Compliance with this Order is directed.
DepEd Order: No. 22, s. 2003
Allotment: 1–(D.O. 50-97)
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