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Protest Over Coronavirus Test Fee For Returning Students

by Mustapha Olamide
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Guardians of private school students in Ogun State, have challenged a N25,000 expense on returning boarding students which have been approached to pay for a coronavirus test.

The state had before fixed resumption of SS3 students for Tuesday, months after suspension of academic exercises over the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The reviving is to permit the students to plan for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) scheduled to start on August 17.

Nonetheless, as a component of the conditions for school resumption, the state government reported that COVID-19 and intestinal sickness tests are compulsory for returning boarding students.

The COVID-19 test is free for public school students, while their partners in private schools are required to pay N25,000.

The disappointed guardians on Sunday swarmed the 250-bed MTR hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. The assigned spot for the students in Abeokuta after endeavors to get their wards tested for free fizzled.

A few guardians depicted the expense as obtuse with respect to the state government.

What number of guardians can bear to pay N25, 000 in Ogun where there is intense neediness?” a parent whose youngster goes to Redeemers’ High school in Mowe inquired. “The priests of wellbeing and training should better think about another way to make cash from individuals, she said .

Responding to the grouse, the Special Assistant to the Governor on public communication, Remmy Hassan, said non-public schools understudies were intended to pay N25,000 in light of the fact that the legislature had sponsored the expense by 50 percent.

The COVID-19 test costs about N50,000. For the students in state funded schools, it is free. But since the non-public schools couldn’t furnish us with the all out number of their students, we could just finance the expense by 50 percent. The reagents for the test must be made accessible by NDDC in light of the fact that the understudies need to continue in the following 48 hours. All these are significant and it will cost cash. That was the reason we concluded that non-public schools should pay half of the expense since they are profit makers.

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