ABEOKUTA - Parents in Ogun state have kicked against N25,000 COVID-19 test fee introduced by the state government for students resuming on Monday, August 3.
SUNDAY FLAKES gathered that many of the parents, who took their demonstrations to the streets, faulted the decision of the government to ask them to pay N25,000 on each pupil before they could be allowed to resume.
The state government had said no boarding school pupil would be allowed to resume without a valid negative COVID-19 test certificate.
The government also asked the parents to take their wards to designated places for the test between Friday and Monday.
The dissatisfied parents on Sunday thronged the MTR 250 bed specialist hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the designated place for the pupils in Abeokuta.
It was gathered that attempts by the parents to get their children tested for free failed as they were asked to pay N25,000 on each child.
When our source's correspondent visited the venue, it was observed that many parents were locked out of the facility.
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Some of the parents, who spoke with The PUNCH did not want their names in print because of attendant consequences but they lamented that the payment of N25,000 for COVID-19 test shows the government cared less about its citizens.
They complained that the economic reality in the country has made it difficult to pay such an amount of money.
All efforts to get reaction from the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Primary and Secondary Education, Ronke Soyombo, failed as she did not pick calls to her line and did not reply to the messages sent to her mobile. (Punch)
Recall that SUNDAY FLAKES had earlier reported that the Ogun State government says SSS 3 students who are resuming next week must undergo COVID-19 tests before they can be re-admitted into boarding houses.
The Federal Government had this week directed SSS 3 students to resume on August 4, 2020 in preparation for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) which starts on August 17.
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