The Philippine students suffer in the heat

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Heat indices have hit 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in various regions in the Philippines, as the weather phenomenon El Nino intensifies the heat enveloping the nation in its summer months of March to May.
The heat burns my skin, it’s not like the usual (summer) heat that is tolerable,” said senior high school student Kirt Mahusay, 23, whose education was halted during COVID-19.
Thousands of schools have suspended classes due to the heat, affecting more than 3.6 million students, education ministry data shows.
We’re seeing an average of more than 52 degrees Celsius (125 F), so you could imagine how stressful that would be for learners,” said Xerxes Castro, basic education adviser for the Save the Children Philippines.
The wilting heat – part of a band spreading across much of South and Southeast Asia, exacerbated by climate change – makes it harder for students to learn.
Children are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses such as dizziness, vomiting and fainting when exposed to extreme heat for long periods, according to Save the Children Philippines.
“My blood pressure is already increasing because of the heat,” said 62-year-old secondary school teacher Memia Santos.
(This story has been corrected to say heat indices, not temperatures, have risen to 50 degrees Celsius, in paragraph 2) Sign up here.


MANILA, April 29 (Reuters) – The Philippines’ extreme heat can reduce agricultural output, interfere with water and electricity supplies, and negatively impact businesses. However, it also negatively impacts students, impeding the country’s attempts to catch up to its neighbors in terms of education.

In several parts of the Philippines, heat indices have reached 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) as El Nino, a weather phenomenon, intensifies the heat that blankets the country from March to May.

An international study of education systems called the Programme for International Student Assessment found that the Philippines ranks among the lowest in the world in math, science, and reading, in part due to years of insufficient remote learning during the pandemic.

“It’s hot right now. “It’s not like the usual summer heat that is tolerable; the heat burns my skin,” expressed 23-year-old Kirt Mahusay, a senior high school student, whose education was interrupted by COVID-19.

Statistics from the education ministry indicate that over 3 point six million students have been affected by the thousands of schools that have suspended classes because of the heat.

We anticipate additional class suspensions in May due to the heatwaves. It’s over 52 degrees Celsius (125 F) on average, so you can only imagine how stressful that would be for students “Xerxes Castro, a basic education adviser with Save the Children Philippines, stated.

Students find it more difficult to learn in the waning heat, which is a result of climate change and is present throughout much of South and Southeast Asia.

Save the Children Philippines states that children are especially susceptible to heat-related illnesses like dizziness, vomiting, and fainting when exposed to intense heat for extended periods of time.

Problems with remote teaching and learning have drawn the attention of educators and students, particularly in underprivileged neighborhoods where homes may not be well-equipped for study sessions and may not have reliable internet access.

Following her attendance at an online class from home, Esmaira Solaiman, a 20-year-old senior high school student whose learning was disrupted during the pandemic, said, “I could not focus because I get dizzy” from the heat.

In order to get some relief from the heat, students in the capital city of Manila turn to cardboard boxes, notebooks, and portable fans.

Memia Santos, a 62-year-old secondary school teacher, claimed that the heat was already raising her blood pressure. “We get lightheaded occasionally and our backs are wet. ****.

(The second paragraph of this story has been updated to state that heat indices, not temperatures, have increased to 50 degrees Celsius.

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Adrian Portugal reported; Neil Jerome Morales wrote; William Mallard edited.

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