KUANTAN: SK Rompin in Kuala Rompin will be closed on Thursday (Sept 12), due to the very unhealthy Air Pollution Index (API) reading in the Rompin district.
The school's administration said schooling on Friday (Sept 13) would depend on the API reading on Thursday.
"If the API on Thursday is still at the very unhealthy level, then the school will be closed on Friday," it said.
Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the state government viewed the haze situation seriously, especially in Rompin, which had seen the API reached beyond 200.
"I have received a report from the Rompin district education office through the Pahang Education Department this afternoon. The API reading has dropped from 232 in the early morning, between 4am to 5am, to 230 between 6am to 7am.
Among the measures to be taken were to provide face masks to every student and teacher, to stop outdoor activities and closure of school if the situation was critical until it could cause serious health concerns.
Schools were also required to keep in contact with the Department of Environment for the latest updates.
"I hope the existing SOP can be followed by all schools, especially in Rompin.
"All the students and pupils involved, I hope, can obey their school's instructions issued from time to time. Hopefully, the students and pupils will not be too affected by this unpleasant situation," Wan Rosdy said.