Schools advised to suspend onsite classes on hot days

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On days classified as extremely hot, schools are advised to halt outdoor activities, ensure ample drinking water, and check the safety of electrical wiring and appliances.

The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) is urging school administrations to consider suspending onsite teaching during days of extreme heat to protect the health and safety of students and teachers.

OBEC Secretary-General Thanu Wongchinda said that the guidance applies to all schools under the commission’s jurisdiction, particularly as forecasts predict very hot weather across the North, Northeast, Central Plains, and East regions in the early part of May, coinciding with the start of the 2024 school term.



On days classified as extremely hot, schools are advised to halt outdoor activities, ensure ample drinking water, and check the safety of electrical wiring and appliances. The commission also suggests shifting from on-site to online classes during such conditions to maintain educational continuity without risking health. School staff are also encouraged to inspect vehicles thoroughly to prevent any incidents of students being accidentally locked inside, which can be dangerous in high temperatures.




This new directive comes in response to increasing temperatures attributed to global warming. Climate expert Assoc. Prof. Seree Supratid noted in a recent social media post that Bangkok could experience up to 80 days of extreme heat annually by May, a significant rise from the current 17 days, highlighting the urgent need for adaptive measures in educational settings. (NNT)