UPSR candidates in haze-affected areas to be given face masks

Students sitting for the UPSR in haze-affected areas in Sarawak will be provided face masks as a precaution.

MIRI: Students sitting for the Mathematics and Science papers in the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination in areas affected by the haze in Sarawak next week will be provided face masks as a precautionary measure.

The face masks have been handed over to the state education department in Kuching, Samarahan, Serian and Sri Aman, the head of the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee secretariat, Ismail Mahedin, said

“If the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings exceed 201, schools will be closed but the UPSR examination will go on as scheduled under strict supervision by the school and exam invigilators,” Ismail, of the Sarawak Civil Defence Force, said in a statement today.

A total of 40,448 students are sitting for the UPSR in Sarawak. The Mathematics and Science papers are scheduled for Sept 10 to 12.

Eight areas in the state recorded unhealthy API readings this morning compared to six yesterday, with Kuching registering a very unhealthy API of 204.

The readings for three locations in Miri were between 106 and 186. Unhealthy readings were also recorded in Sri Aman, Samarahan, Sarikei, Sibu and Mukah.

An API reading of 0-50 shows good air quality, 51-100 moderate, 101-200 unhealthy, 201-300 very unhealthy, and 300 and above hazardous.

Ismail said 12 hot spots were detected in Sarawak,1,087 in Kalimantan and 306 in Sumatra.