Haze forces closure of 3 schools in Klang

The state secretariat building in Shah Alam, Selangor enveloped in haze today. (Bernama pic)

SHAH ALAM: Three schools in Johan Setia, Klang near here were ordered closed with immediate effect today after the air pollutant index (API) reading in the area this morning exceeded 200.

In a statement today, the Selangor Education Department said the schools were Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Johan Setia, SK Jalan Kebun and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jalan Kebun.

According to the department, any school in the state located in an area with API readings of above 200 will be closed until the situation improves.

“The closure of the schools will not affect the execution of all types of examinations, including public examinations which will continue as scheduled.

“All the schools involved are advised to refer to the ministry’s circular and to take action in accordance with the statement in the letter,” it said.

According to the Department of Environment’s website as of 9am today, the API reading in Johan Setia, Klang was 213, Shah Alam 133, Klang 136, Banting 124, Petaling Jaya 126 and Kuala Selangor 140.

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