Schools in Malaysia to close on Monday because of haze

A couple talk in a park on a hazy day in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 18, 2015.
A couple talk in a park on a hazy day in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 18, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Schools in several states will close on Monday (Oct 19) due to the worsening haze, according to the Education Minister.

Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid announced that schools in Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur will be closed on Monday. Three areas in Sarawak - including Tawau, Kuching and Samarahan -will also be closed.

He posted the announcement on his Facebook page as well as on his Twitter account.

On Sunday, the Air Pollutant Index reading in these areas exceeded 120 at 7pm.

 

Mr Mahdzir, however, said that the Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) and Kolej Vokasional examinations would continue under Ops Topeng.

He added that the ministry would issue a statement soon.

This is the fourth time this year that the Education Ministry ordered a shut down of schools due to the haze.

 

API reading ranges are set from between 0 to 50 (good),  51 to 100 (moderate), 101 to 200 (unhealthy), 201 to 300 (very unhealthy) and 301 and above (hazardous).