Interim Guidelines on Giving of Awards and Recognition for SY 2020-2021

INTERIM GUIDELINES ON GIVING OF AWARDS AND RECOGNITION IN LIGHT OF THE BASIC EDUCATION LEARNING CONTINUITY PLAN FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021

DepEd ORDER No. 018, s. 2021

1. The Department of Education (DepEd) issued the DepEd Order (DO) No. 012, s. 2020 titled Adoption of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, to ensure that teaching and learning continues while securing the health, safety, and well being of learners, teachers, and other personnel who are involved in the delivery of basic education services.

2. To supplement the said DO, this Department, through the Office of the Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction, issued DM-CI-2020 162, Suggested Strategies in the Implementation of Distance Learning Delivery Modalities for SY 2020-2021, to provide guidelines to schools on the adoption of different distance learning modalities and their combinations.

3. The DM-CI-2020-162 was followed subsequently by the issuance of DO No. 031, s. 2020 titled Interim Guidelines for Assessment and Grading in Light of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan to provide guidance on the assessment of student learning and on the grading scheme to be adopted during SY 2020-2021.

4. Given the principles of assessment and the fundamental change in the grading scheme, this policy, Interim Guidelines on Giving of Awards and Recognition in Light of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan for SY 2020-2021, shall provide guidance on academic excellence awards. The awards identified in this policy are deemed appropriate given the extraordinary circumstance surrounding distance learning this SY to deserving learners in Grades 6, 10 and 12, while upholding integrity and fairness.

5. This policy shall be implemented in all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide for SY 2020-2021. While D O No. 036, s. 2016, Policy Guidelines on Awards and Recognition for the K to 12 Basic Education Program, is still in effect, provisions inconsistent with these new guidelines are suspended for this school year.

6. Private schools, technical and vocational institutions, and higher education institutions, including state and local universities and colleges offering the K to 12.

INTERIM GUIDELINES ON GIVING OF AWARDS AND RECOGNITION IN LIGHT OF THE BASIC EDUCATION LEARNING CONTINUITY PLAN FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021

I. Rationale
1 . Awards and recognition have been embedded in the Philippine basic education curriculum because of their profound effect on learners' morale, motivation, self-efficacy, and commitment of learners to consistently perform and strive to do better. These meaningful moments of recognition inspire others and reinforce behavior that leads to improvement.

2. Stakeholders highly value formal recognition program because it promotes positive reinforcement in learners' performance and behavior and influences their intrinsic motivation during low-interest and high-interest tasks (Cameron, et al., 2001). Moreover, using praise and reward system can decrease inappropriate behavior and reinforce desirable behavior in a positive learning environment under certain favorable conditions (Partin, 2O2O; Laura & Peters,20l0). 

3. The School Year 2O2O-2021 has been extraordinar5r and challenging due to the COVID-l9 pandemic and the implementation of distance learning delivery modalities cited in DM-CI-2020- 162, Suggested Strategies in the Implementation of Distance Learning Delivery Modalities for School Year 2020-202-1, in consonance with DepEd Order (DO) No. 012, s.2O2O, Adoption of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan for School year 2020-2021 in Light of the COWD-19 Public Health Emergency. The temporary departure from physical classes to distance learning led to a nimble process of reducing the learning competencies to arrive at the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) which subsequently restructured instruction and recalibrated assessment and grading.DO No. 031, s. 2020, Interim Guidelines on Assessment and Grading In Light of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan has stipulated a fundamental change in the grading scheme to be more responsive to the adverse circumstances that surround the new learning delivery modalities, and ensuring assessment and evaluation of learning remains valid and reliable.

4. The flexibility of teaching and learning this school year, the prioritization of the mental health and well-being of learners, being sensitive to equity considerations, and the suspensions of some curricular and co-curricular activities that involve large physical gathering of people, were considered in the issuance of this policy which temporarily suspends selected awards provided for in DO No. 36, s. 2016, Policy Guidelines on Awards and Recognition for the K to 12 Basic Education Program. The basis for these awards are largely from observable behavior in the classroom and various collaborative engagements.

5. However, Academic Excellence Awards will not be suspended to recognize the time, commitment, and effort exerted by all learners, as well as promote a culture of excellence and growth mindset. DO No. 3 1, s. 2020 already ensures that assessment and grading is grounded on the principles of validity, reliability, authenticity, and fairness even in distance learning. Planning and conducting assessment remotely have been made possible through the adoption of various formative and summative assessment strategies where every learner is properly monitored and receive timely and effective feedback for improvement.



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