Online lessons for students if haze keeps schools closed, says Teo

Thousands of schools across the country have been forced to close as API readings in those areas breach the very unhealthy mark. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching says online learning sessions will be held if schools are forced to remain closed due to the haze.

“If this (haze) continues, we will take the same action adopted during the incident in Pasir Gudang (Johor), that is to request teachers to continue with online teaching and learning sessions,” she said, referring to the closure of schools a few months ago owing to incidents of pollution.

Teo added that teachers at schools which are currently closed had already been asked to give their students tasks via the Google Classroom application.

Schools in several states across the country have been closed for a few days now as air pollutant index (API) readings in those areas issued by the Department of Environment breached the very unhealthy mark of 200.

The API comprises the following categories: good (0-50), moderate (51-100), unhealthy (101-200), very unhealthy (201-300) and hazardous (301 onwards).

Speaking to reporters after attending an event here today, Teo also said the ministry was monitoring the haze, particularly in view of the Pentaksiran Tingkatan Tiga or PT3 written examination for Form Three students, scheduled to begin on Sept 30.