All schools in KL to reopen while 57 in Selangor remain closed

Schools have been given the power to close if the air pollution level reaches hazardous levels and have been ordered to reduce all outdoor activities. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: All 296 schools in Kuala Lumpur will reopen tomorrow (Monday) while 57 schools in Kuala Langat and Klang, Selangor, will remain closed because of “very unhealthy” air pollution levels.

Form Three Assessment listening tests for Bahasa Melayu, English and Al-Lughah Al-Arabiah Al-Muasirah subjects may be postponed in schools where air pollution readings are above 200 and “very unhealthy”.

The tests may be postponed until Oct 31 in those areas, the education ministry said this evening.

Schools in Selangor and several other states had closed on Thursday and Friday due to the worsening haze.

The Selangor Education Department said 57 schools in the Klang area will be closed after air pollution readings at the Johan Setia monitoring station went above 200 this afternoon.

Some 68,025 schoolchildren will be affected.

The schools affected are listed on the education ministry Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KemPendidikan/

“All other schools not listed must operate as usual on Monday,”  the department said in the statement.

Schools in areas with air pollution readings of over 100 have been asked to stop all outdoor activities.

If the pollution readings shoot up past 200, the schools can be closed after reporting the matter to the state education department.

The improved API readings at Cheras and Batu Muda in Kuala Lumpur led to the department to announce the reopening of schools.

The FT Education Department said the readings were below the hazardous level of 200 at 5pm and showed signs of going down further.