Students renew call for break as pandemic learning takes its toll

MANILA, Philippines — Students are again calling for an academic break as the country grapples with high daily increases of COVID-19 cases, prompting a return to more restrictions in some areas and heightened anxiety for all. “Online classes have been too draining for me,” said Abegail, a 19-year-old nursing student at a private university in Valenzuela said in an exchange with “Attending a medical program is not that easy, especially in this situation since we are more on interaction and skill-based [learning].” Stricter lockdowns have returned, particularly in Metro Manila, Cav…

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