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LASG Gives Conditions for Dowen College’s Reopening

INSIDEMAINLAND – The Lagos State Government has given the management of Dowen College, Lekki, conditions to be met before the school will be reopened for academic activities.

Recall that the Government ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College on December 3, 2021, after 5 students in the school were accused of killing another student, 12-year old Sylvester Oromoni.

Students, who were at the time writing their first term examinations, were asked to vacate the school abruptly without completing their examinations.  But reports said the students were allowed to complete their examinations online.

In a statement by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Ganiu Lawal, the government directed the school to fix administrative lapses and review boarding school guidelines.

The statement added that the ministry of education had directed the management of Dowen College to correct lapses in the school’s administration discovered during the ministry’s inspection and comprehensive investigation following Sylvester’s death.

She hinted that the ministry would begin the revalidation of all existing boarding school facilities after the mid-term holidays.

She concluded that Dowen College management has been mandated to fix school gaps and other regulatory issues, adding that “we will consider the possibility of reopening the school only when all issues surrounding school administration have been appropriately attended to”.

The Lagos State Police Command has now released the housemaster and other Dowen College staffer arrested in connection with the student’s death claiming there was no evidence that they had a connection to Sylvester’s death. 

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