Ogun State makes U-turn, steps down Covid-19 test for returning students
The Ogun State government has reversed its decision on payment of N25,000 for covid-19 test by students of private schools in the state as the governor directed that government laboratories across the state should carry out the test at no cost to them.
Dapo Abiodun, the state governor also directed that those who have paid the initial N25,00o for the test should be refunded immediately. He also directed that the mandatory covid-19 test be stepped down because of lack of capacity by the state health laboratories.
In a statement on Monday, the governor said the government has stepped down the COVID-19 test as a mandatory requirement for returning students in our exit classes.
The decision was informed by the large numbers of returning students and the lack of capacity by the state-owned laboratories to cope with such huge number before the resumption date.
“The total number of boarding students to be tested (5,340 private 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,” Abiodun said in the statement.
“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 governor said.
He counseled that students who do not have to stay in the boarding house should attend school from home, especially those with underlying health conditions.
“I have also directed the provision of face masks to all students in both private and public schools,” Abiodun said.
The state government had stirred up huge controversy after it ordered students in private secondary schools to pay N25,000 for a mandatory covid-19 test before they can resume for the preparation for their exit examinations.
Many parents protested the state government decision and described it as discriminatory against students in private schools