The Lagos State Government, through its Ministry of Education, has partially reopened Chrisland High School in Opebi axis of the state, for students in terminal classes to learn physically ahead of their West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) scheduled to begin in a few weeks.
It said that aside from the schoolchildren in terminal classes, who have been granted permission to gain access to the premises, other students and teachers not linked to the students should stay away from the facility pending when the case would be decided by the court.
The approval was a sequel to the request put forward by Chrisland High School parents, asking that the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, reopen the school so that students can finish their academic calendar for the term.
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Granting their request, Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, in a statement made available to newsmen by the ministry on Monday, while giving an update on the case of the deceased 12years old student of the school, Whitney Adeniran.
According to Adefisayo, “The school will remain closed until all necessary judicial processes superintended over by the State’s Ministry of Justice and other ongoing administrative inquests within the purview of the Office of Education Quality Assurance and other agencies are completed”.
She also hinted that arrangements were ongoing for other categories of students to return to school, adding that “The temporary permission to allow the terminal classes comprising JSS3 and SS3 students access to the school was granted to enable them to participate in their terminal examinations”.
“The Ministry, with the support of the Lagos State Joint Task Force in charge of the implementation of the child protection policy and safeguarding, which is made up of representatives of different Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, such as the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Office of Education Quality Assurance and others, will continue to engage with Whitney Adeniran’s Family”, the Commissioner added.
It would be recalled that the student was allegedly electrocuted during an inter-house sports event at the Agege Stadium on February 9th, 2023 in the state.
Four days after the tragedy, Lagos State government closed the school following a series of questions surrounding the death of Whitney.
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