Sarawak schools closed only if API hits 300

KUCHING, 9 Sept 2019:

The Sarawak Education Department has reminded school administrators in the state to prioritise the health and safety of their students in regard to the haze.

The department in a statement said the schools must duly act should the air pollutant index (API) reading exceeds 100, to cease all outdoor activities for the students.

“If the API reading exceeds 200, all schools in the affected area or district should be closed immediately and for the principal or school head to inform the District Education office.”

Meanwhile, the department said all public examinations would proceed as usual.

“However, the examination board will postpone any examination to another date should the API reading reach 300.”

Schools and parents may follow developments on the haze via the Department of Environment’s portal http://apims.doe.gov.my.

Meanwhile, all mosques across the country have been called upon to hold ‘Solat Istisqa’ (prayers for rain) to ease the haze which has affected several parts of the country.

Director-general of Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) Datuk Mohamad Nordin Ibrahim, in making that call, said Jakim had also sought the cooperation from the state Islamic religious authorities for the purpose.

“Jakim is seeking cooperation from all state Islamic religious departments across the country to ask all mosques under their purview to hold Solat Istisqa,” he said in a statement today.

Mohamad Nordin said three mosques under Jakim, namely Masjid Negara (National Mosque) in the city, as well as Putra Mosque and Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque in Putrajaya, would be holding Solat Istisqa after Isyak prayers tonight. All Muslims are invited to join.

According to Mohamad Nordin, the call for the Solat Istisqa was recommended by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma).

– Bernama