Parents of private school students in Ogun State staged a protest against the state government decison on the imposition of a N25,000 fee returning boarding students have been asked to pay for COVID 19 Test.
The accused the Ogun State Government of asking exits classes in secondary schools to pay N25,000 each before they could be allowed to resume. The dissatisfied parents on Sunday thronged the 250-bed MTR specialist hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the designated place for the pupils in Abeokuta after attempts to get their wards tested for free failed
The state government had mandated each student to undergo a test as a precondition for resumption to school.
The government said only students certified free of COVID-19 will be allowed into school premises. It also asked parents to take their wards to designated places for the test between Friday and Monday.
Attempts by parents to get their children tested for free on Sunday failed as they were asked to pay N25,000 per child. While the COVID-19 test is free for public secondary school students, their counterparts in private schools are required to pay N25,000. The parents became agitated and staged a protest against what they called monetisation of the test.
They also shut the gate of the hospital as part of moves to show their grievances against the payment. For more than six hours they took over the premises and brought activities to a halt, preventing entry and exit into the hospital.