The Department of Education through DepEd Order No. 22, series of 2012, adopted the use of a unique Learner Reference Number (LRN) in order to facilitate the tracking of students and their performance.
This was said during an orientation conducted by National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to members of the Social Development Committee of the Caraga Regional Development Council held recently in one of the local convention centers here.
Engr. Mitchelle Castillon of the NEDA Caraga said the LRN provides timely and accurate data about the learners and tracks the progress of learners.
A permanent 12-digit number will be assigned to a person who enters the Philippine basic education program, kindergarten level or when the learner transfers from a school that has not yet issued LRNs.
Assigning of said unique LRN is based on the school year 2011-2012 master lists of all public school pupils and students and Alternative Learning System learners submitted per DepEd Order No. 67, series 2011.
“The following are expected outcomes of using the LRN: ensure quality education delivery; determine local education needs; enable planners support national development objectives,” Castillon said.
It was also learned that to date, there are about 20 million learners already in the registry. (RER/JPG/PIA 13-Caraga)