- The Lagos state government has on Friday, December 3, took a stern decision over the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of Dowen College in Lekki Phase 1
- The ministry of education in the state headed by the commissioner, Folasade Adefisayo, has shut down the school indefinitely
- According to the ministry, the school will remain closed until the investigation into Sylvester's demise is concluded
Dowen College Lekki Phase 1 was on Friday, December 3, shut down indefinitely over the rather controversial death of one of its students, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.
The move came after the commissioner for education in the state, Folasade Adefisayo, and other officials of the ministry visited the school on Friday.
According to the ministry, Dowen College will remain shut down until the outcome of the ongoing investigation on Sylvester's demise, The Cable added.
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The ministry's assistant director of public affairs, Ganiu Lawal, in the statement said:
“The Lagos state government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of the school."
Sylvester's family had claimed his death was due to injuries he got from being beaten by his schoolmates who were forcing him to join a cult.
Schools in Lagos to observe 1-week break from November 1
Meanwhile, the state government had approved a weeklong mid-term break for both private and public nursery, primary and secondary schools in the state between Monday and Friday next week, from Monday, November 1 through Friday, November 5.
Emotional photos as Dowen College's parents forum holds candlelight procession for Sylvester Oromoni
A statement issued by the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA), of the state’s ministry of education noted that the decision is aimed at enhancing the teachers’ skills for modern teaching techniques towards meeting the challenges imposed on by the coronavirus pandemic.
A spokesperson for the OEQA, Emmanuel Olaniran, also confirmed the development to newsmen on the phone on Wednesday, October 28.
According to the OEQA’s director general, Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, the schools are to resume on Monday, November 8, for normal classes “based on the 2021/2022 harmonised school calendar released by the state government.”