The Ogun state government has announced that the COVID-19 test for returning students which was earlier pegged at N25, 000 per student, is now free.
Recall that parents of the students of private schools in the state staged a peaceful protest on Sunday, August 2, after they were informed of the N25,000 mandatory test.
A statement from the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, announcing the reversal reads;
”The State has been very apprehensive about the issue of school opening even for exit students. Data from other countries, where schools have resumed show that community transmission in school environments is a major concern. Even countries with stronger health care facilities than ours are being very cautious.
”In line with the Federal Ministry of Education recommendation and WASSCE timetable, we decided to open our schools on the 4th August 2020 for SS3 students only. We put in place guidelines that would ensure that our students resume in a safe environment.