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S’pore Schools To Close On Friday As Haze Hit Hazardous Level

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SINGAPORE – As the haze worsens and is likely to hit the hazardous level, all primary and secondary schools in Singapore will be closed on Friday, according to the Ministry of Education (MOE).

It said it made the decision in consultation with the health ministry.

It said the National Environment Agency forecast that the 24-hour Pollutant Standard Index (PSI) for Friday (Sept 25) was expected to be in the ‘Very Unhealthy’ range, and the possibility of air quality going into the ‘Hazardous’ range could not be excluded.

It said MOE Kindergartens and special education schools, which take reference from and were guided by measures taken by primary and secondary schools would also be closed.

MOE has also rescheduled the Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Examinations due to the school closure.

As at 11pm, the 24-hour PSI ranged from 226 to 279 and the three-hour PSI was 317, according to NEA.

A 24-hour PSI reading of above 100 indicates the air quality is unhealthy while a PSI of between 201 and 300, very unhealthy.

– BERNAMA

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