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(File pic) Schools in areas badly hit by haze must close, the Education Ministry said. Pic by Yazit Razali

KUALA LUMPUR: Government and government assisted schools in areas affected by a school closure directive must close, the Education Ministry said in a statement.

Discretion is, however, given to private schools registered with the ministry.

Government and government assisted schools in areas not affected by a directive close can use their autonomy to decide what is best for their students based on ministry guidelines.

The ministry said state departments, school districts offices and also the school management across the country must continuously monitor Air Pollutant Index readings issued from time to time by the authorities.

In the event of an increase in API reading to unhealthy and very unhealthy, the ministry said the concerned party may take action at their respective levels, in line with the ministry’s guidelines.

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