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Awards to be granted and to be suspended for SY 2021-2022

The Department of Education (DepEd)  recognizes the high value of awards and recognition and their profound effect on learners' morale, motivation, and self-efficacy, particularly in these extraordinary and challenging times of public health emergency. In view of this, the Department extends the effectivity of DepEd Order No. 018, s. 2021 to School Year 2021-2022 but provides recognition of learners in Grades 1 to 5, Grades 7 to 9, and Grade 11 for Academic Excellence Awards and Performance Awards for Kindergarten.


Paragraphs 13 and 14 of the enclosed guidelines of DO 018, s. 2021 (Interim Guidelines on Giving of Awards and Recognition in Light of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan for School Year 2020-2021) shall be amended as follows:

Academic Excellence Awards and Performance Awards for Kindergarten shall be given at the end of the School Year 2021-2022. 

Recipients of Academic Awards are learners from Grade 1 to Grade 12 who have attained general weighted average of at least 90 with no failing final grade in any learning area, as stipulated in DO 36, s. 2016, (Policy Guidelines on Awards and Recognition for the K to 12 Basic Education Program while Performance Awards shall be granted to learners in Kindergarten to recognize their most evident and most prominent abilities. 

Table 1 shows the specific academic excellence award given to learners who meet the follow cut-off grades.


However, Classroom Awards (Conduct Awards, Recognition for Perfect Attendance); Grade Level Awards (Leadership Award, Award for Outstanding Performance in Specific Disciplines, Award for Work Immersion, Award for Research or Innovation, Award for Club or Organization Achievement); and Special Recognition shall REMAIN SUSPENDED.

Table below provides the awards to be granted and awards to be suspended for SY 2021-2022.


This order shall be implemented in all public and private elementary and secondary schools nationwide for SY 2021-2022. While DO 36, s. 2016 and DO 018, s. 2021 are still in effect, provisions inconsistent with the aforementioned amendment are suspended for this school year.

The aforementioned provisions shall guide all schools in creating a vibrant and supportive culture of learning even in this time of an emergency health crisis and in framing grades not for rewards and recognition nor as the end of instruction and learning, but as a guide for future decisions to improve the performance of both learners and teachers.

The Department of Education issues DepEd Order No. 21, s. 2022 titled Extending the Effectivity of DepEd Order No. 018, s. 2021 to School Year 2021-2022 and Amending Certain Provisions Thereof. -Download

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