Teachers' groups asks DepEd to measures against extreme heat

Teachers’ group to DepEd: Implement measures vs extreme heat

By: - Reporter / @zacariansINQ
/ 08:19 PM April 01, 2024

Teachers' group asks DepEd to implement measures vs heat

 (INQUIRER file photo / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE)

MANILA, Philippines — A teachers’ coalition on Monday called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to implement measures against extreme heat affecting teachers and students.

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) made the call after citing instances of students and teachers  falling ill  and resulting in absences due to extreme heat last year.

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TDC said that while it acknowledges the gradual revert to the old school calendar next school year, DepEd must still implement certain measures in the remaining months of the current academic year.

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“Puwede namang i-shorten ang klase or magkaroon ng shifting para iwasan ang tirik ng araw, o payagang magsuot ng komportableng pananamit ang mga guro at bata. Kapag hindi talaga kinaya at malalagay sa panganib ang kalusugan, that’s the time that we employ distance learning modalities,” TDC chair Benjo Basas said in a statement.

(Classes can be shortened or shifted to avoid the scorching heat, or teachers and students can be allowed to wear comfortable clothing. If it becomes unbearable and there are health risks, that’s when we employ distance learning modalities.)

DepEd earlier said that several schools have already shifted to alternative modes of classes.

Meanwhile, the group also suggested the suspension of Catch-Up Fridays, due to the potential reductions in class hours and the previously approved reduction of school days.

Basas also urged the DepEd to expedite the transition to the old school calendar by ending SY 2024 2025 school year by mid-April 2025.

“Sana i-consider din ng DepEd na i-shorten ang next school year (SY 2024-2025) at tapusin ito ng mid-April para mas mabilis ang transition. Yung Abril at Mayo kasi ang iniiwasan natin eh.  Sa plano ng DepEd baka umabot pa ng dalawa o tatlong taon na may klase tayo ng Abril o Mayo,” Basas said.

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(We hope DepEd also considers shortening the next school year (SY 2024-2025) and ending it by mid-April to facilitate a faster transition. We’re trying to avoid April and May. With DepEd’s current plan, we might end up having classes in April or May for another two or three years.)

DepEd previously announced the gradual return of the old school break starting next school year, declaring May 31, 2024 as the new adjusted end date of the current academic year.

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The start of  the next school year will be on Monday, July 29 and will end on May 16, 2025.

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