Philippine school student heat
A student uses an envelop to protect herself from the sun during a hot day in Manila on April 2, 2024. More than a hundred schools in the Philippine capital shut their classrooms on April 2, as the tropical heat hit "danger" levels, education officials said. Image Credit: AFP

Manila: Thousands of schools in the Philippines suspended in-person classes on Friday, the education department said, as parts of the tropical country endured dangerously high temperatures.

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Official figures showed 5,288 schools across the archipelago nation suspended in-person classes, affecting more than 3.6 million students.