PUTRAJAYA, Sept 18 2019 : All 25 schools in Putrajaya were ordered to close today following very unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) reading this morning.
Putrajaya Education director Farizah Ahmad said all schools in Putrajaya were ordered to close today after the API reading reached 200 as of 6 am.
Putrajaya today recorded the API reading at 192 at 3 am and slowly increased to 202 by 7 am.
This is the second day that schools in Putrajaya have been closed following the haze that hit the country since Sept 5.
All schools in Putrajaya were closed yesterday as the API reading reached unhealthy level.
An API reading of zero to 50 indicates good air quality; 51 to 100, moderate; 101 to 200, unhealthy; 201 to 300, very unhealthy and 300 and above, hazardous.
In Selangor, a total of 99 schools in Petaling Perdana, Kuala Selangor, Gombak and Petaling Utama were ordered to close today due to worsening haze situation, bringing the total number of affected schools in Selangor to 214.
According to the Ministry of Education (MoE) in a statement this morning, the schools were ordered to close after the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading in the area exceeded 200, beginning at midnight.
“The temporary closure of 99 schools, on top of 115 schools, was made based on the API reading at the Shah Alam station.
“This brings the total number of students involved to 231,921,” the statement said.
It said any changes or updates would be issued from time to time.
In a statement issued last night, MoE announced that 115 schools in Sepang, Hulu Langat, Kuala Langat, Klang and Sabak Bernam were ordered to close today, due to worsening haze situation in the areas.
Meanwhile, according to the Department of Environment’s website as of 7 am today, the API reading of 219 was recorded in Shah Alam; while 202 in Petaling Jaya; Klang (202) and Banting (186).
In Perak, the worsening haze situation has forced 265 more schools in Manjung, Bagan Datuk, Hilir Perak and Central Perak districts to close this morning, bringing the total number of affected schools in the state to 288.
Perak Education director Dr Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Ali said the schools were ordered to close today after the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading of 202 was recorded at 5 am.
“The closure of the 265 schools today was made based on the API reading at the Seri Manjung station.
“Seri Manjung today recorded the API reading at 206 as of 3 am but has dropped to 197 by 7 am,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.
Yesterday, 23 schools in Manjung and Hilir Perak were ordered to close as the API readings in the areas reached unhealthy level.
In Sarawak, a total of 337 schools in nine districts in Sarawak were closed today due to worsening haze situation.
The state Education Department in a statement said the closure involved 56 secondary schools and 81 primary schools in Betong, Bau, Kuching, Lubok Antu, Padawan, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Lundu and Kanowit.
Some 138,384 students were affected by the closure, it said.
Meanwhile, according to the data shared by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee, air quality in most places has improved with Sri Aman was no longer in hazardous category.
According to its secretariat chief Major Ismail Mahedin, the API reading in Sri Aman at 8 am this morning was at 239, still at very unhealthy level, compared to hazardous air quality of 354 recorded on Tuesday.
The air quality in Kuching has also improved with API reading at 173 this morning, compared to 203 recorded on Tuesday.
Eight other areas still recorded unhealthy air quality, namely, Samarahan (154), Sarikei (157), Sibu (166), Bintulu (120), Mukah (137), Samalaju (102), ILP Miri (120) and Miri (125). – Bernama