Haze: Schools in S’gor, KL, Penang, Putrajaya to close today

Haze: Schools in S’gor, KL, Penang, Putrajaya to close today

Starting today, all schools in Selangor will be closed for two days while schools in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Putrajaya will be closed for one day due to worsening air quality.

The directives were issued by the Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Putrajaya state education departments.

Putrajaya education director Farizah Ahmad said that all 25 schools were ordered to close after the API reading hit 200 as of 6am.

Today will be the third consecutive day of school closures in Putrajaya.

In Selangor, more than half a million students are affected by the school closures which have been enforced in certain areas where the Air Pollutant Index reading breached the 200 level, which is considered “very unhealthy”.

With the latest directive, all 939 schools in Selangor will be closed, affecting 911,874 students.

In a statement, the state education department said the two-day closure was enforced after taking into account a Malaysian Meteorological Department forecast that the haze will continue until next week.

“The temporary closure of schools due to haze is to ensure that students’ health is not compromised,” it said.

All the 296 schools in Kuala Lumpur involving 328,004 students will also be closed today.

Meanwhile, the Kedah State Education Department announced that a total of 119 schools in Kulim and Bandar Baharu will be closed today, reported Bernama.

The closure would affect 90 schools in Kulim involving 49,598 students and 29 schools in Bandar Baharu involving 7,276 students.

“The closure would also involve afternoon religious classes.

“The schools have been reminded to abide by the standard operating procedures and the health of students and teachers must be given priority at all times,” the statement said.

As of 4pm today, Kulim recorded an API reading of 211 compared to 205 at 3pm.

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