Lahore (Web Desk): The Punjab education department decided to keep all public and private schools in Lahore, Gujranwala and Faisalabad closed on Friday (Nov 22) after the Air Quality Index surged to 335 in provincial capital on Thursday.
According to a notification issued by the provincial government, the schools will remain closed due to "dense smog" in the three districts.
Experts and observers have urged the government to adopt a more robust plan to tackle smog, including shutting down schools when the smog levels reach hazardous levels to prevent children from suffering the worst effects.
It is advised that so long as smog persists, the elderly, children and the infirm should stay indoors with the windows closed. Doctors also say people who feel the affects of smog should drink plenty of water, rinse out their eyes at least once an hour, and wear face masks if they have to travel outside.