The Lagos State Government, through the office of the state ministry of Education, has shut down Redeemer’s Nursery and Primary School , after a 5-year-old pupil who’s name was given as Chidera Eze, drowned in a pool during a swimming lesson.
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Chidera drowned in May 2022, during a swimming lesson which was organized by the school’s authority in the Ikeja area of the state. Chidera and his classmates were said to be playing at the tip of the pool when he slipped into it and drowned.
A statement issued by Folasade Adefisayo, who is the state’s Commissioner for Education, says the school is to remain closed pending an administrative investigation into its operation as it has been discovered the school is yet to complete its registration. The statement reads
“The Lagos State Ministry of Education has shut the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School, Ogba. The school will remain closed, pending an administrative investigation of its operations and procedures as well as the conduct of its officials – in line with schools’ safety standards and guidelines.
The investigation is sequel to the death of a five-year-old pupil, who is suspected to have drowned during a swimming lesson while in the custody of the school. The police are investigating the matter.
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A preliminary probe by the Office of Education Quality Assurance of the Ministry has shown that the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School, Ogba, is yet to conclude its registration and is, therefore, not yet an approved school.
The Ministry is concerned about the safety of the pupils, hence the need for intervention. The school will remain closed until all the required approval processes are concluded. Parents are advised to note the closure and wait for the conclusion of the administrative investigation”