Schools Resumption: Gov. Abiodun Reverses 25,000 Naira Payment for COVID-19 Test

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has announced that the COVID-19 test for all returning SS3 boarding students will be done free of charge for students in both public and private schools across the state. 

Reacting to a recent protest by parents of SS3 boarding students in private schools over the payment of 25,000 naira for the mandatory COVID-19 test, Governor Abiodun gave the assurance that students who had paid for the tests would be refunded. 

Governor Abiodun said his administration had also canceled the compulsory COVID-19 test as a requirement for returning students in exit classes and urged private school owners to rise to the responsibility of taking care of their students.

He pointed out that with the testing capacity of 500 tests per day in the state laboratories, it might not be feasible for all boarding students to get tested and get their results before commencement of examination on 17th August 2020. 

The governor pointed out that admittance of students into boarding facilities in private secondary schools would be at the discretion of the management and the Parents Teachers Association of such private schools.

While recommending that students with underlying health conditions should attend school from home daily, Governor Abiodun said face masks would be distributed to all students in both private and public schools across the state.

Bolanle Adesida

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