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Breaking: 104 Unity Schools will reopen on August 4 - FG declares

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The 104 unity schools will reopen to SS3 students from tomorrow, Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has said.

The minister made the announcement at the end of a virtual meeting with commissioners of education in 36 states and other stakeholders on Monday, August 3.

In a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE), Ben Goong, the lauded the Principals of the Colleges for the comprehensive preparation put in place ahead of tomorrow’s resumption.

“From today, the Honourable Minister of State for Education, Permanent Secretary and Directors will embark on an assessment tour of all Unity Colleges to ascertain and confirm the reports they have received from the Principals of Unity Colleges,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the decision of the Ogun state government to impose a mandatory N25,000 payment for COVID-19 and malaria tests for returning boarding students in private schools sparked protests among parents.

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It was reported that the Senior Secondary three students (SS3) were expected to resume schools ahead of their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) but the government mandated each student to undergo a test as a precondition for resumption into school.

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The government had said no boarding school student would be admitted into schools without a certificate of COVID-19 test which must be negative.

The report said that while the COVID-19 test is free for public secondary school students, their counterparts in private schools were required to pay N25,000.

The parents who have their wards in private schools reportedly visited MTR 250-bed specialist hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the designated place for the test on Sunday, August 2.

But they could not get their children tested for free as they were asked to pay N25,000 for each child.

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The parents who were opposed to the decision reportedly protested and blocked the entrance of the hospital while the health officials hurriedly left the place.

Speaking on behalf of the parents, Kehinde Sanwo, the vice-chairman, parents teachers association of one of the private schools in the state accused the government of discriminating between students in private schools and those in public schools.

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