Ogun state government has announced that the COVID-19 test requirement for SSS 3 boarding students will be free for state-owned public schools.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday by Ronke Soyombo, special adviser to the governor on basic and secondary education.
The state had announced on Friday that boarding students in SSS 3 must submit a document certifying them negative for the coronavirus before resumption of schools on August 4.
However, parents of students in private schools expressed dissatisfaction with the arrangement, as they were asked to pay for the COVID-19 test at the accredited health care facilities as directed by the state government.
“The clarification has become necessary to remind the general public, particularly parents and operators in the education sector, of government position, which is based on the guidelines jointly developed and agreed by parents, private school owners, government representatives and other stakeholders,” the statement read.
“The government will bear the full costs of the COVID-19 test for all the boarding SS3 students in the state-owned public schools.
“All private school owners are also expected to ensure that all their boarding students are certified COVID-19 test negative before being admitted into their boarding facilities.