PETALING JAYA: Kids are set to return to school today after a one-week break, but parents are keeping a watchful eye on the heatwave.
And many will not wait for a directive from the Education Ministry to pull their children out from school if they feel it is getting too hot.
“If I feel the temperature is too high, I’m not going to send them to school,” said businessman Mark David Joseph, 40.
When the haze hit last year, Brian Ho, 42, didn’t wait for an emergency to be declared before he pulled daughter Vivienne, nine, from school for a few days.
“Some international schools have haze sensors that measure pollutants, and the information is shared among parents. I will also decide for myself when it comes to the heat,” he said.
In Alor Setar where it was hottest yesterday, one parent Tan Teng Teng, 46, said she would keep her son from school, SJK (C) Peng Min. The new school term started yesterday in Kedah.
“I want him to stay at home for one or two days, go back to school for a few days and then skip class again if the heat wave prolongs or get worse,” she said.
Tan said she has also told her son to increase his water intake and “I boil herbal drink for him and my other children”.
Houswife M. Kavitha, 40, is also monitoring the weather.
“She can stand the heat but I am really worried about the effect of the heat om her health,”
The school’s Parent and Teacher Association chairman Teh Kok Soo said air-conditioners installed in the school’s Year Five classroom would be switched on from 10.30am to 3pm daily.
In the Klang Valley, rain provided temporary respite from the blazing heat yesterday,with many parents deciding that their children would be going to school.
“Yesterday’s weather was not that hot,” said brand manager Darren Duarte, 44, adding that he would send his daughter Selena to school.
“But I will monitor the temperature, and if it rises, I will fetch her home even if there is no directive.”
Meanwhile, Government school teachers are not in favour of closing schools unless they receive official directives from the ministry.