Malaysia schools reopen after heatwave closure, but no outdoor activities

Malaysian students walk out from a school in rain after morning classes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 22, 2016.
Malaysian students walk out from a school in rain after morning classes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 22, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

PETALING JAYA (The Star/Asia News Network) - Schools in the northern Malaysian states of Perlis and Kedah, which were closed due to the heatwave, will resume classes on Thursday (March 24) but outdoor activities are still suspended.

Malaysia on Monday ordered schools in Kedah and Perlis to close on Tuesday and Wednesday due to an ongoing heatwave that saw temperatures soar to as high as 39 deg C.

It was the first such closure in the country.

The Education Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that all schools nationwide would resume lessons as temperatures had dropped.

It said the decision was made as the temperatures recorded over the preceding 72 hours were below 38 deg C.

The ministry also issued a directive for all schools to take precautionary measures such as ensuring that there was adequate supply of clean drinking water.

State Education Departments and district education offices were to monitor all schools to ensure that they followed the directive, it said.