Ogun orders COVID-19, malaria tests for SS3 students

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Ogun State Government on Saturday ordered all returning SS3 boarding students to undergo a compulsory COVID-19 test before being admitted to the hostels.

A statement by the Special Adviser on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, said they must also undergo a malaria test and present a certificate showing that they are Negative before being allowed into their respective schools.

It warned parents not to keep their wards in private hostels, noting that the students would be allowed to stay only in their hostels.

It reads: “As part of the frantic efforts of the State Government to ensure a safe learning academic atmosphere for both learners and teachers of all our public and private schools particularly … amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and as instructed by NCDC, all Principals of schools (private and public ) in Ogun State are hereby instructed to inform and update all SS3 learners on the following instructions;

1. That ALL the returning boarding students are to stay in the school hostels only

2. That parents are hereby advised that private hostels are exempted from accommodating students during this period to ensure strict compliance with NCDC directives.

3. That the Ogun State Ministry of Health has made provision for a COVID-19 % MALARIA TEST for all SS3 BOARDING students in Ogun State as part of the conditions for the re-opening of schools in the under listed Public Health Care facilities between Friday 31st July & Monday

… 3rd August, 2020

(a) Abeokuta : The 250 MTR, Okemosan, Abeokuta (A white edifice opposite the State Secretariat)

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(b) Ado-Odo Ota : Ogun State General Hospital, Ota

(c) Sagamu : Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu 4. That part of the strong condition of admittance to school for boarding students is the 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.”