The Lagos State Government has announced the closure of the school owned by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) following the drowning of a five-year-old pupil, Chidera Eze.
Recall that in May 2022, Redeemers Nursery and primary school took about 15 pupils to Ivory Health Club, Ogundana Street, in Ikeja, for a swimming lesson but allegedly used an adult pool.
A statement by the government noted that further investigation into the school revealed that it was yet to complete its registration, and so was not fit to run.
The statement which was signed by the Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, noted 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 a 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 statement reads in part.
Mrs Adefisayo said her ministry is concerned about the pupils’ safety, and that “the school will remain closed until all the required approval processes are concluded.”