With the haze set to become an annual health hazard, the authorities should look into ways to minimise its effects on the young, especially primary and secondary school students.
Unlike tertiary institutions, most primary and secondary school buildings do not have enough air-conditioned facilities to house students in the event of deteriorating air quality.
Keeping windows closed would prove too stuffy for classrooms filled with 30 to 40 children, for up to six hours.
Even if schools stop all outdoor activities, students will still be affected by the haze if their classrooms are not air-conditioned.
Schools should be fitted with more air-conditioned rooms to house students during severe haze, and masks should be distributed to them.
Irene Louis (Ms)