The Ogun State Government has revealed that one of the strong conditions for admittance to schools for boarding students is a COVID-19 Certificate, showing that the bearer is negative.
The Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Primary and Secondary Education, Ronke Soyombo, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
According to her, private hostels are exempted from accommodating students during this period, stressing that sanctions will be meted out to any defaulting school.
She also reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety of the students by creating a safe learning academic atmosphere.
The statement read, “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.”
It added, “The Ogun State Ministry of Health has made provision for a COVID-19 and malaria test for all SSS 3 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 and Monday 3rd August, 2020: The 250 MTR, Okemosan, Abeokuta; Ogun State General Hospital, Ota; Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.
It read, “Part of the strong condition for admittance to school for boarding students is the COVID-19 certificate showing NEGATIVE.”
Speaking further, Soyombo, as part of the efforts of the State Government to ensure a safe learning academic atmosphere, instructed all principals of both public and private schools to inform SS3 learners that all the returning boarding students are to stay in the school hostels only.