Malaysia education ministry: Schools to reopen Thursday

The Education Ministry has ordered schools nationwide to reopen on Thursday, after air quality improved since Tuesday.

In a statement, the Ministry said schools in five states including Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Putrajaya and Malacca would commence as usual on Sept 17.

However, it said that children whose health had been affected by the haze did not need to go to school as long as parents informed the relevant school authorities.

Schools in five states were ordered to close on Sept 15 due to worsening haze.

Speaking to reporters after officiating the Gerisik Tiga book launch at KLCC this afternoon, Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan (pic) said schools nationwide are set to reopen as long as the Air Pollutant Index (API) remains below 150.

"The weather looks good. An hour ago, the API was between 80 to 100," he said, adding that it should be "okay" for outdoor activities.

The statement also advised state and district education departments to continue monitoring the API and "take necessary steps" according to the National Haze Action Plan.