Ensure all returning students present results of Covid-19 test – Ogun Government

Boarding facilities in public and private secondary schools across Ogun State have been mandated to enforce the presentation of the certificate of Negative COVID-19 test by students returning to boarding schools for the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination. 

Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Basic and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo who made this known in a statement in Abeokuta said it was part of the overall requirements for the reopening of schools on Tuesday 4th August, 2020 for students in SS3 class. 

Mrs Soyombo said the decision was based on guidelines jointly developed by the government, parents, private school owners and other stakeholders and maintained that students could undergo the test in any centre of their choice. 

She pointed out that the Certificate of negative COVID-19 Test from other locations across the country would be acceptable, provided that it was obtained from an NCDC-Certified Centre and the test was performed within 72 hours of the date of resumption.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic and Secondary Education announced that the government would bear the full costs of the COVID-19 test for all the boarding students in state-owned public schools while it had negotiated with some healthcare service providers to offer huge discount in the cost of the test for students in private schools. 

She explained that the government had embarked on the distribution of face masks to all public and private schools for the use of students and teachers while advising everyone to work together to ensure the safety all stakeholders.

Oluremi Olugbenro

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