In response to the drowning death of Chidere Eze, a five-year-old student, the Lagos State Government has declared the closure of a school owned by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in the state.
The student apparently perished in May while participating in a swimming session sponsored by the school at a private facility in the city’s Ikeja neighborhood.
According to a government statement, further examination into the school discovered that it had not finished its registration and was therefore unfit to operate.
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,” according to the statement, which was signed by Folasade Adefisayo, the commissioner for education.
“The investigation is in response to the death of a five-year-old student who is believed to have drowned while under the care of the school during a swimming session. The matter is being looked into by the police.
Redeemers Nursery and Primary School, Ogba, is still completing its registration and is not yet an approved school, according to a preliminary investigation by the Office of Education Quality Assurance of the Ministry, the statement reads in part.
The safety of the students is a priority for Mrs. Adefisayo’s ministry, and she stated that “the school will remain closed until all necessary approval processes are concluded.”
She gave the parents and guardians the advice to take note of the resolution and watch for the investigation’s conclusion.
Approximately 15 students were reportedly sent by the school to the Ivory Health Club on Ogundana Street in Ikeja for a swimming instruction, but it was claimed that an adult pool was actually used.
The drowned student’s father, Anthony Eze, described how his child fought for survival for more than 30 minutes till he could no longer manage under the water, according to The Punch Newspaper.
While the teachers, babysitters, and lifeguards were allegedly ignorant that the child had drowned, the students were allegedly taken to the adult pool.