Heatwave forces Philippine schools to cancel classes

Extreme heat conditions are forecast by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration

Ronald O. Reyes

Updated: April 05, 2024 04:49 AM GMT

A teacher (background) works inside an empty classroom after in-person classes were suspended due to dangerous levels of heat, at an elementary school in Iloilo City, central Philippines on April 2. (Photo: AFP)

Rising mercury in the Philippines has forced over 4,000 schools to suspend in-person >

In the Eastern Visayas region of the central Philippines, the temperature touched 40 degrees Celsius on April 4. Some government offices also had to close along with schools.

Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado issued an executive order declaring the suspension of all >

The decision was prompted by the extreme heat conditions forecast by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.

The said forecasted heat index is >

Local officials across the main island of Luzon, the central islands, and the southern island of Mindanao suspended in-person > AFP reported quoting education ministry officials.

Jasmin Calzita, information officer at the Department of Education in Eastern Visayas, said: The health of our learners is one of our top priorities.

She reminded school headers of a 2022 order saying they can immediately shift to alternative delivery modes in case the temperature is no longer favorable for learning.

The students can be taught through online or modular distance learning, Calzita told UCA News on April 4.

There were 356 >

Meanwhile, the Teachers' Dignity Coalition (TDC) has urged the Department of Education to consider several measures to alleviate the extreme heat affecting teachers and learners as >

The teachers' body proposed several measures including allowing students to wear clothes that are more suitable and comfortable for the hot season instead of school uniforms.

Benjo Basa, a TDC leader, also called for reductions in school hours.

In a statement issued on April 3, he said education authorities should expedite the transition to the old school calendar by ending the 2024-2025 school year by mid-April 2025 to facilitate a faster transition.

The Department of Education on Feb. 19 had to advance the end of the current school year from June 15 to May 31.

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