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DepEd Guidelines on the Learner Promotion and Retention

Here are the updated DepEd guidelines on learner promotion and retention under the K to 12 Basic Education Program. For more information, read DepEd Order No. 13, s. 2018:

A final grade of seventy-five or higher in all learning areas is required to be promoted to the next grade level.

Learner Promotion and Retention for Grades 1 to 10

RequirementsDecision
Final grade of at least 75 in all learning areasPromoted to the next grade level
Did not meet expectations in not more than two learning areasMust enroll in remedial classes for learning areas with failing mark and obtain a Recomputed Final Grade (RFG) of at least 75 or higher to be promoted to the next grade level or semester

If the RFG is below 75, the learner must be re-assessed immediately for instructional intervention. If the learner still fails in the intervention, he/she is allowed to enroll in the next grade level in the succeeding school year with continuous provision of tutorial services (DO 13, s. 2018)
Did not meet expectations in three or more learning areasRetained in the same grade level
Passed all learning areas in the ElementaryEarn the Elementary Certificate and be promoted to Junior High School
Passed all learning areas in the Junior High SchoolEarn the Junior High School Certificate and be promoted to Senior High School

Learner Promotion and Retention for Grades 11 to 12

RequirementsDecision
Final grade of at least 75 in all learning areas in a semesterCan proceed to the next semester
Did not meet expectations in a prerequisite subject in a learning areaMust pass remedial classes for failed competencies in the subject before being allowed to enroll in the higher-level subject
Did not meet expectations in any subject or learning area at the end of the semesterMust pass remedial classes for failed competencies in the subjects or learning areas to be allowed to enroll in the next semester

Otherwise, the learner must retake the subjects failed
Passed all subjects or learning areas in Senior High SchoolEarn the Senior High School Certificate

For more information, refer to DepEd Order No. 13, s. 2018 and DepEd Order No. 8, s. 2015.

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11 thoughts on “DepEd Guidelines on the Learner Promotion and Retention”

  1. Hi. May daughter is in grade 12 who’s teacher is always cannot be found at school. Does not even respond to messages and do not mostly do classes but she failed my daughter in her PE class since grade 11 every sem she is retaking the subject but my daughter is making well in other subjects esp research. She also is participating in their extra curricular PE activities. But until now she is expecting to graduate but still the teacher cannot be found and never responds when sending messages. Is it proper to retain student in grade 12 instead of letting them pass to go to College? You know rhis k12 is a pain for us parents instead of our kids being in College already. Then these university is holding kids for money to take remedial classes and pay extra charges.

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  2. What if the student in grade 12 stopped on the 2nd sem. Can he continue nxt yr and take the 2nd sem only bec he passed already the 1st sem

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  3. For JHS
    …Did not meet expectations in three or more learning areas > Retained in the same grade level

    … Will the student enroll all the subjects in that grade level including those that he/she passed?…

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  4. Hello sir/mam. One of our grade 11 students has 4 failing grades, automatically he will be evaluated as retained. Is he required to take again all the subjects in grade 11, or just the subjects with failing grades?

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  5. Hello po I’m Kenchin Grade 12 student, i would like to ask if there’s a deped order for irregular students? just for our research.. thankyouu for the response…

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  6. Good evening. Can a parent request the school to have her child transferred to another class if she is convinced that her child is not progressing well in her current class? She is an incoming grade 5 student but her math skills are just at grade 1 level. Her reading skills are also quite a few grade levels behind. The teacher always said her child is okay but she knows that she isn’t. She has articulated her desire to ahve her child transferred to another class but the current teacher, who is also the head for the elementary, doesn’t approve of it.

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  7. Hello po Sir Mark, will the student be evaluated as retained if the situation falls like he has five failing grades in the Final Grade but his general average is above 75 po.

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  8. Good evening, Maam/Sir:
    I would like to clarify and ask for an evaluation of this result that we have received from the exam that my son took on November 18, 2021. My son, Reid Kian , is in kindergarten now, and took an exam to enroll in Grade 1 this year because he is 7 years old. The result we received is this:

    For the purpose of : Placement
    Level Passed : Kinder
    Level to Enroll : Subject to the completion of Grade level/s with failed subject/s.

    Is he a kindergarten graduate this year? And continue this school year as Grade 1 to complete a failed subject?

    Or will he need to complete his kindergarten year this year though he passed all the subjects? And failed to pass in one subject in the Grade 1 exam. Thank you for your response.

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  9. Hello po Sir Mark, will the student be evaluated as retained if the situation falls like he has four failing grades in the Final Grade but his general average is above 75 po.

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