Parents Kick Against COVID-19 Test Fee For Returning Students In Ogun State
File Photo: (Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State)
Parents of returning students of private secondary schools in Ogun State are protesting the request of N25,000 compulsory coronavirus test fee on each of the students by the Ogun state government.
This comes ahead of the return to schools by graduating students following months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The state government had ordered all SS 3 boarding students in the state to take COVID-19 and malaria tests before they will be admitted into their various school hostels
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A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, said the State Ministry of Health had already made provisions for the students to take the tests, as part of the conditions for the re-opening of schools in Ogun.
The government in the statement also asked the parents to take their wards to designated places for the test between Friday and Monday.
However, Parents have expressed their disapproval of the government’s request to pay a fee for the compulsory COVID-19 test at those designated centres across the state. To pass their message across to the Ogun state government, the Parents trooped out to protest on Sunday at MTR 250 bed specialist hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the designated place for the students in Abeokuta.
Some of the parents who spoke to the media on the condition of anonymity disclosed that their attempts to get their children tested for free failed as they were asked to pay N25,000 for each child.
They went ahead to accuse the Ogun state government of insensitivity.