IPOH: Schools in Manjung are expected to be closed as the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading has reached the "very unhealthy" level of 211.
When contacted on Tuesday (Sept 17), Perak Health Department director Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming said based on the National Haze Action Plan, schools are advised to be closed should the API reading be over 200.
She said the shutting down of schools would be under the jurisdiction of the Education Ministry.
As of 2pm, the API reading for Ipoh is at 109 and categorised as unhealthy.
Meanwhile, state Health, Consumer Affairs, Civil Society, National Integration and Human Resources Committee chairman A. Sivanesan said all outdoor activities at schools would be stopped if the reading exceeds 100.
"The state executive council had discussed last Wednesday (Sept 11).
"All outdoor activities are to stop until the situation improves," he said on Tuesday (Sept 17).
Attempts to reach state State Education, Technology, Science and Environment Committee chairman Dr Abdul Aziz Bari for comments proved futile.
When contacted, Perak Education director Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Ali said eight schools with afternoon sessions would be closed.
These, he said, included SMK Seri Manjung, SMK Tok Perdana, SMK Ambrose, SMK Dato Idris, SMK Ahmad Boestamam, SMK Seri Samudera, SMJK Nan Hwa and SMK Methodist (ACS) Sitiawan.