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More schools to close for Asian Games

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 4, 2018   /   03:27 pm
More schools to close for Asian Games No entry: Officials put up a sign that bars vehicles from entering the Slipi 1 tollgate in West Jakarta on Wednesday. The no-entry policy, which has been implemented at seven gates, was introduced to facilitate the transportation of athletes during the Asian Games. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Jakarta administration has said that it will close 70 schools during the 2018 Asian Games.

Previously, the administration had announced plans to close only 34 schools, but it has since decided to keep more schools closed during the sporting event, which will be held from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.

"Yes [...] there are 36 additional schools," Jakarta Education Agency secretary Susie Nurhati said, as quoted by tempo.co on Saturday.

She said there were nine additional athlete routes from the athletes village in Kemayoran to the Bulungan Sports Center in South Jakarta. Those routes had been approved by the traffic division of the Jakarta Police, the Jakarta Transportation Agency and the Jakarta Education Agency.

The school closure is expected to help ease traffic and thereby facilitate athletes' commute. (gis)