PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., said that the administration is studying the possibility of moving back the school calendar where the “summer break” will start again in March due to the extreme heat during summer.
In an interview, Marcos said that they will have to consider first the pandemic situation and climate change.
The Chief Executive said that adjusting the school break due to the heat exhaustion being experienced by students is among the things they have to consider.
“Pinag-aaralan natin mabuti yan dahil nga maraming nagsasabi, tapos na ang lockdown, karamihan ng eskuwela ay face-to-face na. Kakaunti na ang hindi na,” Marcos said in teleradyo interview with former Social Welfare Secretary Erwin Tulfo and broadcast journalist Nina Corpuz.
Marcos also noted that the COVID-19 cases spiked recently and the weather conditions have become unpredictable.
“Since hindi na tayo naka-lockdown, ibalik na natin siguro dati but kung kailan kasi ang gagawin ang actual na semester, kailan mag-uumpisa ang bakasyon ay hindi pa nade-decide dahil mayroon pa rin tayong mga cases na nakikita natin na [yung] COVID umaakyat naman ‘yung replication rate, umaakyat naman,” Marcos said.
“Binabagay natin iyan sa seasons, iyun ang naging problema kung ibabalik o hindi, dahil hindi masabi kung kailan mag-uumpisa ang ulan, kailan magiging mainit,” he said.
“Yung global warming, climate change hindi na talaga biro. Kailangan natin gawin ang lahat para mabawasan ang epekto ng climate change para sa atin sa Pilipinas at sa buong mundo,” Marcos added.
Marcos said that they will make the decision soon, even as the Department of Education (DepEd) had earlier said that they have no plans to move the school “summer break” to April and May despite the hot weather.
Catherine R. Cueto