Rising Heat Index Poses New Challenges for DepEd Teachers
In recent days, the escalating heat index in the Philippines has emerged as a considerable challenge for teachers. Particularly, those working in public schools, along with their students, are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the scorching sun, which seems to be hampering their efficiency.
As the country’s heat index consistently surpasses normal levels, discontent is growing among teachers and students in public schools. In response to these escalating complaints, the Department of Education (DepEd) has empowered school administrators to assess their individual situations. If a school is unable to provide a comfortable learning environment due to excessive heat, the institution may adopt a blended learning approach – the only solution offered by DepEd thus far.
However, it seems that senior officials within the department may lack a true understanding of the situation. While their offices enjoy the comfort of air conditioning, many public schools lack even basic ventilation fans in their classrooms. Some schools, particularly those affected by Typhoon Odette, do not even have classrooms to speak of.
The soaring heat index is becoming a primary concern for teachers and students, as it has been linked to a rise in health issues. The most common complaints among these affected individuals include:
- A decline in lesson focus and concentration among teachers and students.
- An increase in incidents of headaches, nosebleeds, and breathing difficulties.
- Widespread occurrences of skin allergies and rashes attributed to the intense heat.
- Profuse sweating leading to dehydration.
The harsh heat index is causing significant discomfort among the populace, with education sector constituents feeling the brunt of the impact. If DepEd had maintained the traditional schedule for the start and end of the school year, the hotter months of April and May could have been spent on vacation.
In conclusion, teachers and students are left with little choice but to adapt to the prevailing circumstances. Despite the extreme heat, our teachers’ unwavering commitment to complete this academic year remains stronger than ever. Their determination, it seems, burns even hotter than the searing temperatures they face daily. – Avril | Helpline