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Lagos shuts school over drowning of 5-year-old pupil

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The Lagos State Ministry of Education has shut the Redeemer’s Nursery and Primary School, Ogba on Monday.

The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo said the school was yet to complete its registration.

A five-year-old pupil of the school, Chidera Eze reportedly drowned during a swimming lesson in the school.

According to The PUNCH, Chidera drowned during a swimming lesson organised by the school in the Ikeja last May.

It was gathered that some teachers and caregivers of the school took Chidera and his colleagues for the swimming lesson an Ikeja-based health club.

During the training, Chidera and his colleagues were said to be playing at the tip of the pool when the boy slipped into it.

Mrs Adefisayo’s statement stated: “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.

“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”.

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