Rep. Lani Mercado wants school to start in September
(SPOT.ph) Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla is pushing for moving the start of the schoolyear from June to September with House Bill 4895, reports the Philippine Star. Mercado reasoned that heavy downpours and typhoons during the rainy season (June to September) disrupt classes, causing suspension and irregularity of school days.
Citing a Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) estimate that around 19 to 20 typhoons pass through the country during this period, Mercado-Revilla said: "As much as 25 to 30 days are subtracted from the school calendar, as recorded in the previous years and could have been prevented if classes start on the later part of the year."
The actress-turned-solon also noted that this move would not only prevent students and teachers from being harmed, it would also spare parents and bus drivers from the dangers of driving their kids to school during a typhoon. Changing the school calendar, added Mercado-Revilla, would also lessen exposure to respiratory diseases, dengue fever, and leptospirosis-illnesses common during this time of year.
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