Rompin orders 16 schools to be closed as haze worsens

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 12 ― Sixteen schools in Rompin, Pahang were ordered to close today due to the haze, said the Ministry of Education (MOE).

MOE in a statement today said that as at 10am this morning, the Pahang Education Department received reports of closures involving one secondary school and 15 primary schools.

The schools involved were Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sungai Puteri, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tanjung Gemok, SK Pontian, SK Kampong Kolam, SK Chenderawasih, SK Leban Chondong, SK Rompin, SK Sungai Puteri and SK Sarang Kedaik.

Also closed were SK Sarang Tiong, SK Pianggu, SK Janglau, SK (Felda) Selendang 1, SK (LKTP) Selendang 4, SK LKTP) Keratong 8 and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Rompin.

“Schools are reminded to follow the standard operations procedure and to prioritise the health of students and teachers at all times,” the statement said.

According to the Department of Environment (DOE) website, the Air Pollutant Index (API) of Rompin reached 204 at 10pm last night, indicating very unhealthy air quality. The reading however went down to 97 as at 5pm today.

API reading of 0 to 50 is categorised as good, 51 to 100 (moderate), 101 to 200 (unhealthy), 201 to 300 (very unhealthy) and above 300 (hazardous).― Bernama