Dowen College, a secondary school located in the Lekki area of Lagos State, will not reopen on Tuesday, government authorities said.
This is as other private primary and secondary schools in Lagos prepare to resume for the commencement of the second term on Tuesday, January 4.
According to Premium Times, government sources noted that the school will not be permitted to resume until investigations into the unfortunate incident of the death of one of its students, Sylvester Oromoni Junior, reached a reasonable stage.
Oromoni was beaten and forced to drink a poisonous substance allegedly by some bullying seniors.
This is as the government advised school administrators to step up school safety measures and reduce unfavourable safety incidences across schools and their neighbourhoods.
In an interview, an assistant director in charge of the public affairs unit, ministry of education, Ganiu Lawal, said very soon, the school would join others to resume but “not until ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident reach an advanced stage.”
According to Lawal, since the matter was not strictly a state matter and with the involvement of 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 very soon the issue will be resolved, but they are not resuming tomorrow,” Lawal said.
In a statement on Monday, the state’s Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, said bullying, cultism and other vices would not be tolerated in any part of the school.