Ogun cancels COVID-19 test for students after protest against charges

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Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun has cancelled the Covid-19 test requirement for resuming students in exiting classes.

Abiodun who said this in a statement on Monday, August 3, also announced that the compulsory Covid-19 test for returning SS3 students as one of the reopening requirements has been cancelled.

Daily Times gathered that the statement came after some parents protested over N25,000 COVID-19 test fee by the government.

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The governor also apologised for “inconvenience and confusion” experienced by some protesting parents on Sunday.

According to the statement, “After reviewing these developments, I have today immediately directed that the Government Laboratories carry out tests for all returning SS3 boarding students at no cost. I have also directed that all those who have paid for tests be refunded. The health of our children remains our utmost priority.

“However, in view of the total number of boarding students to be tested (5,340private and 500 public), and bearing in mind the limitation of our installed testing capacity of 500 tests per day, it may not be feasible for all boarding students to get tested and get their results prior to resumption or even exams which commence on 17th August 2020.

“Consequently, the State Government has, therefore, stepped down the COVID-19 test as a mandatory requirement for returning students in our exit classes.

“We, therefore, enjoin Private School owners to exercise their duty of care to their pupils. The admittance of students into boarding houses in private secondary schools will be at the discretion of the management and the Parents Teachers Association of such private schools.

“Ogun State Government recommends that students who do not have to stay in the boarding house should attend school from home, especially those with underlying health conditions.”

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