IPOH: Some 303 schools in Perak have been closed as the Air Pollutant Index (API) continues to rise, says Perak executive councillor Dr Abdul Aziz Bari
The State Education and Environment Committee chairman said the API readings at these schools’ areas had reached over 200.
“The closure of these schools are necessary to protect at least 85,967 students from air pollution.
“These schools are located at Manjung, Hilir Perak, Bagan Datuk and Perak Tengah, ” he said at a press conference held at the state secretariat building here on Wednesday (Sept 18).
Abdul Aziz said the state Environment Department had also started an operation to look out for any open burning round the state since Tuesday (Sept 17)
“The operation will last for at least two weeks. Officers will conduct the operation every day from 5pm until 10pm.
“We would like to advise everyone to not start open burning, considering the haze issue we are facing right now, ” he said, adding that the schools woukd be closed until the situation improved.
As of 2pm, API readings at several areas in Perak continued to rise. Taiping station was recorded at 203, Tasek Ipoh at 154, Pegoh at 137, Seri Manjung at 186 and Tanjung Malim at 105.
Perak Environment Department director Norazizi Adinan said more schools in Perak might be closed depending on the situation.
“If the API reading continues to rise, we are expecting more schools in the state to be closed, ” he said.