Haze in Palangka Raya causes temporary closure of schools

Haze in Palangka Raya causes temporary closure of schools

Students of state elementary school in Palangka Raya City, Central Kalimantan Province returned back home because the school was temporarily closed due to haze. (ANTARA/Rendhik Andika/GTM)

Palangka Raya, C Kalimantan (ANTARA) - The Palangka Raya Education Office in Central Kalimantan Province temporarily closed schools owing to haze arising from wildfires, the chief Sahdin Hasan stated here, Monday.

All schools were closed to ensure that students stayed at homes to prevent their health from being severely affected by the haze, Hasan explained.

"Those, who have already arrived at schools, may leave and study at home," the chief remarked.

Hasan affirmed that his office had yet to decide on the number of days the schools would remain closed though depending on the haze intensity.

The Palangka Raya City's air pollution standard index (ISPU) at 7:40 WIB on Monday indicated that air quality in the area had reached 650, or very dangerous for people's health.

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Meanwhile, Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded that the air quality index in Palangka Raya City had reached 148.10 micrograms per cubic meter.

Ferry Santoso, a parent of a student, during an interview at a state school, lauded the office's move and called on the government to step up its move to ease the impacts of the haze.

"The government must not wait for the incident to occur, but they have to take precautionary measures against the wildfire," he stated.

Some 27 hectares of forests and peatlands were burnt down due to humans setting fire to land for the past two weeks.

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