The Ogun State government has mandated all SS3 boarding students in the state to take the tests for COVID-19 and malaria before they will be admitted into their various hostels.
This was announced in a statement on Saturday by the S.A. to the governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo.
Soyombo said part of the “strong condition of admittance” to school was that returning boarding students must present a COVID-19 certificate showing negative.
“To this end, all principals are, therefore, directed to immediately disseminate the above important information to all SS3 learners in the state and to ensure that the above instructions are strictly adhered to as sanctions will be meted out to any defaulting school,” .
“All the returning boarding students are to stay in the school hostels only. Parents are hereby advised that private hostels are exempted from accommodating students during this period to ensure strict compliance with NCDC directives,” the statement read in part.
Soyombo revealed that the State Ministry of Health has already made provisions for the students to take the tests, as part of the conditions for the re-opening of schools in Ogun.
She further stated the mandatory tests were in line with the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and it is part of the efforts of the state government to prevent possible spread of the virus.
Soyombo further explained that the exercise which began on July 31 and would end on August 3.