Dowen College, a secondary school in Lagos State’s Lekki district, will not reopen on Tuesday, according to government officials.
This comes as other private primary and secondary schools in Lagos prepare to reopen on Tuesday, January 4, for the start of the second term.
According to Premium Times, government sources stated that the school will not be allowed to reopen until the investigation into the unfortunate death of one of its students, Sylvester Oromoni Junior, has reached a reasonable conclusion.
Oromoni was allegedly beaten and forced to drink a poisonous substance by some bully seniors.
This comes as the government advises school administrators to strengthen school safety measures and reduce unfavorable safety incidents in schools and their surrounding communities.
Ganiu Lawal, an assistant director in charge of the ministry of education’s public affairs unit, said in an interview that the school would soon join others in resuming operations, but “not until ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident reach an advanced stage.
“According to Lawal, because the matter was not strictly a state matter and involved the police and other parties, “it would be ideal for all “t’s” to be crossed and “I’s” to be dotted. “But I can assure you that the issue will be resolved very soon, but they are not resuming tomorrow,” Lawal said.
Bullying, cultism, and other vices would not be tolerated in any part of the school, said the state’s Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, in a statement on Monday.
The warning came a few weeks after Master Oromoni’s death.
The commissioner welcomed students, teachers, and school administrators to the start of the New Year and the second term of the 2021/2022 school session, admonishing school administrators to increase student counseling against these vices.
“Develop appropriate strategies to advance teacher-student interaction in order to gain insight and expose negative tendencies before they manifest themselves in unfortunate situations.”
“Adequate monitoring, particularly as it relates to boarding school students, should be enforced to reduce the incidence of bullying and other vices,” the commissioner advised.