Jakarta. The Jakarta administration said it will close 70 schools during the Asian Games to reduce traffic in the city during the event, which will take place between Aug. 18 and Sept 2.
Officials previously announced plans to close only 34 schools, but they have since decided to include those near other venues that will be used during the Asian Games, Bowo Irianto, acting head of the Jakarta Education Agency said, as reported by BeritaSatu.com.
The 70 affected schools involve around 31,000 students, from preschool to high school level, who will now be expected to study at home.
Bowo said the students will not be missing lessons, as their teachers will still give them tasks as normal.
The school closures are expected to reduce the time athletes spend to commute to different sporting venues during the Games.
"We are hoping that this will reduce traffic by between 30 percent and 40 percent," Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said.