The Lagos State Government has shut down the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School in Ogba, Ikeja, following the death of a five-year-old pupil, Chidera Eze, within the school premises.
According to the reports, Chidera drowned during a swimming lesson organized by the school in the Ikeja area of the state in May 2022. Chidera and his classmates were said to be playing at the tip of the pool when he slipped into it and drowned.
According to a statement issued by Folasade Adefisayo, the state’s Commissioner for Education said that 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 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 the 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.
“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,” the statement read.