DO 6, s. 2005 – Selection of Honor Pupils/Students in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

February 17, 2005
DO 6, s. 2005
Selection of Honor Pupils/Students in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

To: Undersecretaries/Assistant Secretaries
Bureau/Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Heads of Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools

  1. Candidates for honors, at any grade or year level, shall be drawn from the top ten (10) pupils/students of the school. They must not have a final grade lower than 80% in any subject.
  2. The top 10 pupils/students shall be ranked using the 7-3 point scheme (7 points for academic performance and 3 points for leadership in co-curricular activities as explained in the Enclosure to this DepEd Order).
  3. The students’ grades in the previous curriculum level shall not be considered in the ranking of honors for graduating students.
  4. In case of a tie, candidates may both be declared for the honor ranking, for example, both as valedictorians, salutatorians, first honorable mentions, etc.
  5. Candidates for honors at any level must have done the entire work of the grade/year level in the school where they are candidates for honors. Thus, pupils/students who transfer during the school year shall not be eligible for honors for that curriculum year.
  6. A pupil/student who has been suspended for serious disciplinary infractions (e.g. cheating and stealing, smoking inside the school premises, gambling of any sort, fighting, causing injury to others, etc.) as defined in Chapter 3, Section 1.1.2 of the 2000 DECS Service Manual shall be disqualified for honors for the curriculum grade/year during which the suspension is imposed.
  7. Recognition shall be given for the achievement of pupils/students in specific academic disciplines (e.g. Science, Mathematics, English) and in special curricular areas (e.g. athletics, performing arts, campus journalism).
  8. Schools with special curricular programs (e.g. special science, arts, sports, SPED) and duly recognized annexes of secondary schools (provided that the Annex is a complete high school/with all the curriculum years) shall select their own set of honor pupils/students.
  9. Any teacher who is related within the second degree of affinity or consanguinity to any candidate for honors shall not be allowed to sit as member of the Selection Committee.
  10. The Head of the School, as Chair of the Selection Committee, shall make the final announcement of honor students. The announcement for the graduating students shall be made not later than fifteen (15) working days before the recognition rites/commencement exercises.
  11. Protests, if any, shall be filed with the Office of the Principal by the candidates and their parents/guardians, within five (5) working days before the recognition/graduation rites and shall be settled at the district level, in the case of elementary, and at the division level, in the case of the secondary, not later than three (3) working days before recognition/graduation.
  12. Previous issuances that are inconsistent with this Order are hereby rescinded.
  13. Compliance with this Order is desired.

As stated
DepED Orders: Nos. 9 and 19, s. 2004
Allotment: 1— (D.O. 50-97)

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