Gombe State government has disclosed that seven students of Government Girls Secondary School Doma tested positive for COVID-19.
Recall that a student of Government Science Secondary School Gombe who tested positive for COVID-19 was allowed to write his mathematics exam in the isolation centre on Monday and was also transported to his school’s chemistry laboratory for his practical on Tuesday.
The state’s Commissioner for Education, Dr Habu Dahiru, who visited the unnamed student on Wednesday, said the ministry, in collaboration with the state’s Task Force on COVID-19, had conducted 1,100 tests since schools reopened for students in exit classes.
Dahiru said: “We gave preference to students returning from epicentre states like Kaduna, Kano, Yobe and Lagos, those places that had registered high cases of COVID-19. So far, we have tested 1,100 cases, out of which the first case was from Government Science Secondary School.
“He was immediately evacuated and isolated. He had written his first paper – Mathematics – and he is writing Agricultural Science today (Wednesday). It will be demoralising for him if we don’t allow him to write his exams.
“The government of Gombe State under the leadership of Governor Inuwa Yahaya said all students found to be positive of the virus should be taken care of.
“We have identified another set of students. We only got the results yesterday (Tuesday). Seven of them have been found to test positive for the virus. We are making arrangements to evacuate them to the isolation centre.
“We will not allow them to miss their papers because they tested positive. The testing became easier because the governor approved N120 million for the establishment of a molecular laboratory. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has certified it and we have started testing in earnest.”