Federal Government Orders Schools Not to Carry out COVID-19 Test for Returning Students

The Federal Government has said that no COVID-19 test is required for returning students before they are admitted.

The government, in a short statement issued on Monday by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, warned school authorities to refrain from asking students or parents to undergo the COVID-19 test before they are accepted in their schools.

The statement said: “No Covid-19 Test Required for Resumption of Students. The Federal Ministry of Education says no Covid-19 Test is required for returning students to be admitted into their schools.

“Only temperature checks should be carried out on students and any other person crossing any school gate.

“School authorities should therefore refrain from asking students or parents to undergo a covid-19 test before they are accepted in their schools.”

Recall that most Private and Public schools were directed by the government to vacate on Friday, December 20, 2020.

All public and private schools below the tertiary level in the state were asked to close for the Christmas and New Year holiday on Friday, 18th December 2020, with schools initially scheduled to resume on Monday, 4th January 2021 in compliance with the Lagos State harmonized academic calendar.

However, the government extended January 4, 2021 resumption date, due to rising cases of COVID-19 second wave.

Public and private schools eventually resumed across the country on January 18, 2020, amid fears of a COVID-19 spike.


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