Haze: More than 1,000 schools closed nationwide

Haze: More than 1,000 schools closed nationwide

KUALA LUMPUR: The haze disrupted classes for over a million school students nationwide today after schools were forced to close due to worsening air quality.

The Education Ministry said in a statement that 1,484 schools in Sarawak, Selangor, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Pulau Pinang and Negri Sembilan have shut down, affecting 1,003,310 students as of 1pm today.

“Any updates or new information will be informed from time to time,” it said.

The ministry also reminded school administrators to adhere to the existing standard operating procedure and prioritise the health of students and teachers alike at all times.

Schools in areas with air pollutant readings (API) over 200 (very unhealthy) are automatically allowed to close.

Selangor recorded the highest closure at 538 schools involving 584,595 students followed by Sarawak at 337 schools involving 138,384 students.

The transboundary haze that has enveloped the country in recent weeks worsened significantly in past days, with 10 areas in the “very unhealthy” band and 35 in the “unhealthy” category.

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