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Sunday June 24, 2012

Schools may close if haze gets worse

GEORGE TOWN: Schools in Penang have been given the green light to shut down if the Air Pollutant Index (API) reaches the hazardous level of 300 and above.

Principals should, however, inform the state Education Department first before making such a decision, said department director Ahmad Tarmizi Kama- rudin.

“A circular has been sent out on Thursday.

“I have also informed the schools that they can put on hold all outdoor activities if the API reading reaches above 100.

“Parents will also be allowed not to send their children to school if their kids are not feeling well due to the haze provided the school is informed about it,” he said.

He was speaking during the state-level Parent-Teacher (PTA) Associations Excellence Award ceremony at Universiti Sains Malaysia yesterday.

The event which was launched by the political secretary of Minister in the Prime Minister Department Shabudin Yahaya, saw about 30 PTAs in the state receiving awards.

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