Sweltering weather prompts nearly 4,000 schools in the Philippines to adopt alternative learning methods

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3rd April 2024 – (Manila) In response to scorching temperatures and soaring heat indices, a staggering 3,954 schools across the Philippines have swiftly implemented alternative modes of learning to safeguard students from the sweltering conditions, as confirmed by the government on Wednesday.

The Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines revealed that numerous educational institutions have made the prudent decision to forgo face-to-face classes, instead opting for students to pursue their studies remotely from the comfort of their homes. This strategic measure aims to shield learners from the adverse effects of the intense heat.

The DepEd further highlighted that this significant number of schools encompasses over 1.3 million students, spanning 11 regions, including the bustling Metro Manila.

Amidst the rising temperatures, the Department of Health has issued a stern warning to the general public regarding the heightened risk of heat-related illnesses that tend to proliferate during extreme weather conditions.

The health department cautioned, “Prolonged exposure to high temperatures amplifies the likelihood of heat stroke, a grave condition characterized by unconsciousness, confusion, or seizures, which can prove fatal if left untreated.”

Reports from local media indicate that certain provinces have already recorded scorching heat index temperatures reaching an alarming 45 degrees Celsius between 28th March and 1st April. Disturbingly, meteorological projections indicate that these oppressive conditions are anticipated to persist in the forthcoming days.