- The Dowen College Parents’ Forum has finally reacted to the unfortunate death of Sylvester Oromoni, a student of the school
- One of the executive members of the forum says various calls for parents to withdraw their wards in the school is unnecessary
- The executive member stated that the school has been operating for 25 years and has very good academic records
Lagos - The Dowen College Parents’ Forum has reacted to an online campaign that parents should withdraw their children from the school following the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, who was allegedly bullied and killed by some senior students.
In an exclusive interview with SaharaReporters on Tuesday, December 7, one of the executive members of the forum, Aituaz Kola-Oladejo, said parents withdrawing their children from the school would not solve any problem.
Kola-Oladejo said the moment should be seen as an opportunity to totally reform secondary education in Nigeria, generally.
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“People react differently to information. We are parents in the school. Academic wise, the school is very sound, I must say; I have three children there.
“There are lapses but I would not say that people should withdraw their children at this point in time. I would rather say this is a time to heal, reconcile and build. That is my message for Dowen parents.
“Let us work with Dowen management to build and Dowen management is ready to cooperate but they are going through a lot now with the police and all of that.
“I know that there have been cases in other schools where students were bullied as well. It is an opportunity for reform in Nigerian secondary schools generally. Withdrawing your children from this school is not the solution to the problem but that might be the first reaction out of fear.
“I don’t think it is a graveyard. The school will turn 25 years next year and a number of people who attended the school have done well.”
Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu mourns Sylvester Oromoni, Jnr
In a related development, the First Lady of Lagos state, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu on Monday, December 6 commiserated with the parents of Sylvester, describing the circumstances surrounding his death as heartbreaking.
A distraught Dr. Sanwo-Olu said the incident was a big slap on the face of the education sector, the community, and Lagos state as a whole.
She further described the incident as unfortunate, saying never again should it reoccur in the state.
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Emotional photos as Dowen College's parents forum holds candlelight procession for Sylvester Oromoni
To kick start the case, Falana has written to the office of Lagos state’s chief coroner, requesting an inquest into the circumstances leading to the death of Sylvester.
The letter, which was dated Monday, December 6, and signed by Taiwo Olawale, was addressed to the chief coroner in the high court of Lagos state.