303 Perak schools closed today will reopen on Thursday

Air quality has improved in Perak, prompting the education department to reopen schools.

IPOH: All 303 schools in several districts in Perak, which were closed today due to “very unhealthy” air pollutant index (API) readings will resume classes as normal tomorrow.

Perak education director Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Ali said all the affected schools in Manjung (102), Hilir Perak (71), Bagan Datuk (67) and Perak Tengah (63) would reopen as the air quality has improved.

“The API reading at 5pm was under the ‘unhealthy’ level of 200 and falling,” he said when contacted by Bernama tonight.

Earlier, the education ministry had announced that 1,658 schools in Selangor, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will be closed for two days beginning tomorrow (Thursday) after the API readings reached “very unhealthy” levels.

It said heads of schools can announce closures if the haze worsens by notifying the state or district education offices.

It said if the pupils were at the schools at the time they were declared closed, they could continue their classes as usual until the end of the school session unless parents wanted to take their children home.

Teachers were also given the option to work from home.

A total of 119 schools in Kulim Bandar Baharu, Kedah, 147 schools in Larut, Matang and Selama, Perak, as well as 53 schools in Nilai, Labu and Mantin in Negeri Sembilan will also be closed tomorrow after the API readings in their areas exceeded 200.

The National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), in a statement today, said 553 schools nationwide were closed today, involving 312,337 students.

According to the Malaysian Air Pollution Index Management System (APIMS) portal, as of 6 pm today, nine locations recorded “very unhealthy” API readings, namely Petaling Jaya (207), Shah Alam (216), Nilai (210), Sri Aman (228), Kuching (215) , Johan Setia Klang (258), Balik Pulau (257), Minden (230) and Kulim (206).

Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr A Xavier Jayakumar said six hotspots had been detected in forest reserves in the peninsula today. Three were in Johor, two in Pahang and one in Terengganu.