Malaysian unis to decide approach to haze
ALL public and private universities and higher learning institutes in Malaysia will monitor haze levels in their area and decide whether to postpone academic and non-academic activities or close the institutions.
Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh said the ministry was aware of the haze situation and its possible effects on the health and well-being of students and staff, The Star reported.
"The ministry is also monitoring the situation through various mechanisms, including the Air Pollutant Index (API) from time to time," he said in a statement.
Mr Idris said higher learning institutes are required to prepare internal standard operating procedures and guidelines for the reference of their staff and students.
"The health and well-being of all students and staff is of the utmost priority," he said.
About 7,000 schools in 11 states in the peninsula were closed yesterday and will remain shut today, due to worsening air quality.
At least one university took the precautionary measure of postponing lessons yesterday.
All lectures, tutorials and outdoor activities yesterday did not go ahead at Universiti Sains Malaysia, its registrar Siti Zubaidah Hamid was cited by Bernama as saying. This affected the main campus in Penang, engineering campus in Nibong Tebal and the Advanced Medical and Dental Institute in Bertam. Lessons will be rescheduled.
The suspension was taken because the API at the university was 189, close to the very unhealthy range (201 to 300). A reading between 101 and 200 is unhealthy.