PETALING JAYA: Following the worsening haze 4,778 schools nationwide have been ordered to close on Oct 22.
The Education Ministry in a circular on Wednesday wrote that states involved are Negri Sembilan, Selangor, Putrajaya, Penang, Wilayah Persekutuan,Perak, Kedah, Perlis and Bentong in Pahang.
Schools in Kuching, Samarahan, Betong , Sri Aman in Sarawak will also need to close due to the unhealthy readings of the Air Pollutant Index (API).
“The closure of the schools involves 2,696,110 students, therefore the schools and state education departments are urged to inform the students and parents as soon as possible.
“The ministry will continue to monitor the haze situation and inform the public from time to time.
“In case the API levels increase above the unhealthy or very unhealthy levels can take the necessary action in accordance to the Education Ministry advisory,â€ said the statement.