Babcock University, a private institution in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, has asked its students to pay N25,000 for a COVID-19 test before resuming for the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic session.
Joshua Suleiman, the institution’s Director of Marketing and Communication, confirmed the development in an interview on Tuesday.
According to Suleiman, the institution made the decision because it does not want to jeopardise the lives of its staff and students on the school premises.
The spokesperson said the school would have asked the returning students to do the test elsewhere and present the certificate, but, was mindful of fake certificates.
“Babcock University returning students are expected to be screened for COVID-19 on arrival at the subsidised cost of N25,000 at the BUTH,” Suleiman told the Punch.
“They will do it at BUTH so that we can vouch for the authenticity of the result. We want to avoid a situation where some people may bring in fake COVID-19 results. We don’t want to risk the life of any of our students or staff.
“They are also to resume with their personal safety kits – including an infrared thermometer (for those that can afford them), a pack of disposable face masks or three reusable ones as well as hand sanitisers.”
Speaking on the internal arrangement made for further safety of the students, Suleiman said, “The institution will resume in two batches – first to resume are the final year students in 40 500 and 600 levels) next Monday and others on October 25.”
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