The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun seems to have bowed to drive as he stopped the fee of N25,000 by way of scholars of personal boarding faculties for COVID-19 and malaria exams.
Abiodun got here beneath heavy criticisms oldsters of SS3 scholars in personal boarding faculties have been made to appreciate on Sunday that they will have to pay a sum of N25,000 to get their kids examined.
Creating a u-turn on Monday night time, the governor mentioned, “After reviewing those traits, I’ve as of late instantly directed that the federal government laboratories perform check for all returning SS3 boarding scholars without charge.
“I’ve additionally directed that each one those that have paid for exams be refunded.”
A remark individually signed by way of Gov Abiodun reads:
“In keeping with the Federal Ministry of Schooling advice and WASSCE timetable, we made up our minds to open our colleges at the 4th August 2020 for SS3 scholars handiest. We installed position tips that may be sure that our scholars resume in a secure setting.
“In our pre-opening engagements with stakeholders, opening of boarding homes used to be mentioned. Our State has one of the most greatest inhabitants of boarding scholars within the nation, coming from in all places the Nation. After consultations with well being execs, we concluded that trying out the youngsters for COVID-19 ahead of admittance will cut back the chance of group transmission. That is to reassure oldsters or even academics of the protection of everyone involved.
“The State deliberate and supplied trying out, without spending a dime, for boarding scholars in our public faculties and allowed for the control and oldsters of personal faculties to make their preparations to get COVID-19 exams. The 2 Ogun State-run laboratories have a capability for approximately 500 exams an afternoon and habits loose exams for traced contacts or symptomatic sufferers. To fulfill the extra call for for the anticipated collection of boarding scholars, the remark from the Ogun State Ministry of Schooling, Science and Era indexed some personal check facilities which arrange sampling issues in a few of our Well being amenities.
“Those personal laboratories had been authorised by way of NCDC and Lagos State Executive for walk-in exams and price N50,400 consistent with check however I remember the fact that the Ministries of Well being and Schooling negotiated this to N25,000 for boarding scholars in personal faculties that can need to use them. There is not any monetary receive advantages to the State Executive.
“After reviewing those traits, I’ve as of late instantly directed that the Executive Laboratories perform check for all returning SS3 boarding scholars without charge. I’ve additionally directed that each one those that have paid for exams be refunded.
“The well being of our kids stays our utmost precedence, then again in view of the entire collection of boarding scholars to be examined (5,340 personal and 500 public), and allowing for the limitation of our put in trying out capability of 500 exams consistent with day, it might not be possible for all boarding scholars to get examined and get their effects previous to resumption and even tests which start on 17th August 2020.
“In consequence the State Executive has, due to this fact, stepped down the COVID-19 check as a compulsory requirement for returning scholars in our go out categories. We, due to this fact, enjoin Non-public College house owners to workout their accountability of care to their pupils. The admittance of scholars into boarding area in personal secondary faculties might be on the discretion of the control and the Folks Academics Affiliation (PTA) of such personal faculties.
“Ogun State Executive recommends that scholars who do not need to stick within the boarding area will have to attend faculty from house, particularly the ones with underlying well being stipulations.
“I’ve additionally directed the supply of face mask to all scholars in each personal and public faculties.
“The inconvenience and confusion skilled the day past is very regrettable and my trustworthy apologies to the oldsters and scholars so affected.
“The standard and usual of schooling and neatly being of our kids are problems which can be very pricey to my middle.
“I admire the cooperation, toughen, resilience and figuring out of the entire folks of Ogun State in opposition to knocking down the curve of COVID-19 in Ogun State. It’s my prayer that this section will finish soonest.”