Lagos State Government clarifies that only Chrisland High School Ikeja was temporarily shut down
The Lagos State Ministry of Education has issued a clarification regarding its order for the temporary closure of a Chrisland School, stating that it only applies to Chrisland High School in Ikeja, and not all schools operated by the institution’s owners.
The order was issued in response to the recent death of a 12-year-old student, Whytney Adeniran, during the school’s inter-house sports event on February 9. While the school authorities claim that the child slumped and died, there are speculations that electrocution may have been the cause.
Ganiu Lawal, the Assistant Director of Public Affairs at the state’s Ministry of Education, released a statement on Monday, February 13, to address the confusion surrounding the closure order and to ease the concerns of parents and the public. Despite the controversy, the ministry has emphasized that the upcoming sports events of other schools will not be affected, and that the government is committed to ensuring the safety of all students.
For the avoidance of doubt, only Chrisland High School Ikeja, where Whitney was a student until the unfortunate incident, remains closed as directed and the school authority has complied. The regrettable death of Whitney, as reported, is undergoing investigation by the police and relevant agencies of the Lagos State Government. The findings of the investigation will be made public as soon as it is completed.
However, Chrisland High School, Ikeja, will remain temporarily closed to students and staff to allow unhindered investigations and afford all stakeholders including parents, students, staff, and friends of the deceased, time to grieve. the statement read in part