Members of the Chrisland School Parents Teachers Association (PTA) have appealed to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos state, to order the full reopening of the Ikeja branch of the school.
The state government had ordered a temporary closure of the school following the death of Whitney Adeniran, one of Chrisland’s students.
Adeniran passed away on February 9 during a sports event at Agege Stadium.
The state had earlier approved conditional reopening for SS3 and JSS3 students of the school.
But in a statement, the parents lamented the continued closure of the Ikeja branch of the school.
They also said the move has affected the education of over 500 “innocent students” by leaving them stranded at home.
“The PTA notes with regret that the school has remained shut even though the incident leading to the closure did not happen within the school premises in the first place. The PTA is also very much aware that a Coroner’s Inquest is currently ongoing regarding the matter therefore the continuous closure of the School in the face of an ongoing Coroner’s Inquest and other investigations on the matter defies logic,” the statement reads.
“Chrisland PTA hereby cries out in the interest of her children who are suffering great mental stress and disillusionment over the current state of impasse. It should be noted that a lot of these children require psychological intervention as most of them are still suffering from the emotional trauma of losing one of their fellow students and cannot understand why they are at the same time being punished by the Government for the same occurrence.
“The PTA has been offering moral support and empathy to the Adeniran family over this unfortunate and heart-breaking incident.
“While we continue to sympathise with the Adenirans and pray that God will continually uphold them, we call on His Excellency, the executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to kindly and urgently consider the passionate appeal of all Chrisland parents and the cry of over 500 children who have sadly been grounded at home for upward of seven weeks now and reopen Chrisland High School Ikeja without further delay.”
Below are photos of some of the parents:
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