Nepal shuts all schools and colleges for 4 days over pollution

Nepal's Ministry of Education--during an emergency meeting on Monday--has decided to close all educational institutions till Friday owing to degrading air quality.

The Emergency meeting chaired by Minister for Education, Science and Technology Krishna Gopal Shrestha, decided to close the educational institutions for this week, a release from the ministry informed.

"As per the deliberation of meeting it has been decided to close all educational institutions be closed till Friday," the release stated.

The release further states that universities and educational institutions which have been holding all sort of exams can continue their operation adopting appropriate security measures.

The Ministry also has requested parents to ensure children are mostly staying indoors, limiting their exposure to hazardous haze, that has shrouded Nepali skies in recent days.

Due to wildfire in more than 54 districts, the quality of air has deteriorated sharply for the past few days, with thick smog blanketing most of the country. Meteorologists say that it would take a few more days for the air to become clear and breathable.

Nepal's Ministry of Health earlier this week had requested people not to get outside with a sudden dip in Air Quality Index.

The AQI of the Himalayan Nation has remained hazardous since Friday.

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