PUTRAJAYA, Sept 28 – The Education Ministry in a statement on Monday said that several schools in several states and areas to be closed today due to the haze will open as usual tomorrow following the improvement in air quality with a drop in the Air Pollutant Index (API).
However, He reminded all state education departments, district education office nationwide to continue to monitor API information issued from time to time. According to the statement, if the API reading changes to unhealthy conditions at a reading of 100-200 or very unhealthy at a reading of 201-300, the party concerned may take action at their respective levels.
Meanwhile, the action also can be taken based on the measures issued by the Education Ministry to ensure that the health and the safety of school students residing in the areas affected by the haze which were considered critical. The Education Ministry announced on yesterday about the schools in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang as well as in Sri Aman, Kuching, Betong and Samarahan in Sarawak and Tanjung Malim in Perak, were closed today due to the haze.
Until 3 pm today, the API reading in the affected areas had dropped to a moderate level (51-100) except in Kuching and Samarahan which recorded an unhealthy API reading of 116 and 120. Air quality with API readings of 0-50 is categorised as good, 51-100 (moderate), 101-200 (unhealthy), 201-300 (very unhealthy) and 301 and above (hazardous). The public can visit the DOE’s website at http://apims.doe.gov.my to know the current API readings in their areas.