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School reopening: Parents protest N25,000 COVID-19 test in Ogun


With the directive that graduating pupils of schools should resume classes this week after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents of secondary school pupils in private schools in Ogun State on Sunday protested against the N25,000 COVID-19 test fee requested by the Ogun State government.

The parents, who took their demonstrations to the streets reproved the decision of the government to ask them to pay N25,000 for each student before they would be allowed to resume classes.

The Ogun State government had given a directive that no boarding school pupil would be allowed to go back to school without a valid negative COVID-19 test result. The government also asked parents to take their children/wards to designated test centres between Friday and Monday.

Many of the parents made attempts to get their children tested for free but all to no avail.

They complained that the economic situation in the country has made it difficult and impossible to pay such an amount of money.

Some of the parents also lamented that this decision by the state government only shows the government cared less about its citizens.

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