By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
After protest by parents of returning SS3 boarding students over the compulsory N25,000 coronavirus test fee, the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has reversed the directives, thereby making the test free for all returning students in the state.
The governor, in a release personally signed by him and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, said after reviewing the developments, he ordered that the government Laboratories carry out test for all returning SS3 boarding students at no cost, insisting that all those who have paid for tests be refunded.
The governor also insisted that the state government has now stepped down the covid-19 test as a mandatory requirement for returning students in the exits classes.
He therefore enjoined all Private School owners to exercise their duty of care to their pupils.
“The admittance of students into boarding house in private secondary schools will be at the discretion of the management and the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of such private schools” he said
The governor further recommended that students who do not have to stay in the boarding house should attend school from home, especially those with underlying health conditions, adding that provision of face masks to all students in both private and public schools would be provided
Abiodun, however, stated that the government regrets any inconvenience and confusion experienced yesterday while he tenders apologies to the parents and students so affected.