Majority of teachers surveyed say heat in classrooms ‘intolerable’ — ACT

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Partylist found that almost 7 out of 10 of the public school teachers they surveyed said that the heat in the classrooms is intolerable.

Around 67 percent or almost 7 out of 10 of the total 11,706 public school teachers surveyed said that the heat in classrooms is intolerable wherein students are struggling to focus on their learning, according to the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Partylist.

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ACT said the survey was conducted last March 24 to 27 to public school teachers nationwide.

Meanwhile, ACT also said that only 0.5 percent of the respondents said that their classroom temperature are pleasant.

On the other hand, the remaining 32 percent said that their classroom conditions are bearable.

“Ang hirap talaga ng kalagayan sa silid-aralan ngayong tag-init. Hindi mapalagay ang mga bata at hindi makapakinig sa leksyon, nagkukumpulan sila sa electric fan, laging nagpapaalam na pupunta sa canteen para uminom ng tubig, mga pawis na pawis at pagod na pagod,” ACT Chairperson Vladimer Quetua said in an interview with the alliance.

Moreover, 37 percent of them said the heat triggered the existing medical conditions of the teachers and students.

“Based on the survey, 64% of teacher-respondents have existing medical conditions while 82% have students with temperature-sensitive ailments. About 26% of respondents are hypertensive while 27% suffer from migraine. On the other hand, there are 54% who have students with asthma,” ACT cited the results of their survey.

They added that 40 percent of them noticed that there are more learners have been missing their classes due to the summer heat.

“Many students and teachers complain of headache, dizziness, nosebleeding, while our schools have no appropriate health facilities and personnel. Absenteeism is also becoming a more serious problem. Kung hindi mababago ang ating kalagayan, mawawalan ng saysay ang paglulunsad ng face-to-face classes sa mga susunod na buwan kung kailan titindi pa ang init ng panahon,” the Chairperson said.

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