A Lagos-based nongovernmental organization (NGO), Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA), has appealed to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to consider plight of students and parents of Chrisland School, Ikeja, due to the continuous closure of the school.
The school has been under lock and key since February 10, 2023, due to an incident that occurred during the annual inter-house sport event of the school at Agege Stadium, where one of the students of the school, Whitney Adeniran, passed on…… CONTINUE READING
Speaking at a press conference, the executive director of HURMA, Buna Olaitan Isiak, said calls for reopening of the school became necessary after the group received a public interest petition, regarding the plight of students and parents of the school.
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“Based on the petition, we saw reason, logic and justification in making this call, especially as regards the closure of the school without minding the future of the innocent students. Subsequently, we undertook some daunting tasks to know the remote and immediate cause of such an unfortunate incident and what we found out as facts are more than revealing that the government has not been too fair to the students.
“The continued closure of the school and the students being kept at home is against Section 14 (1) & (2) of the Child Right Law of Lagos State, which states thus: (1) Every child has the right to free, compulsory and universal basic education and it is the duty of the Lagos State Government to provide such comprehensive education. (2) Every parent or guardian must ensure that his or her child or wards attends and completes basic school education. Therefore, it is the duty of Lagos State Government to direct her policy in a way that will encourage and promote the right of every child in the state to education. To this end, the continued closure of the school by Lagos State Government amounts to an infraction or breach of its own law”, he said.
Isiak, however, commended the state government for its promptresponsetotheincident.
“We appreciate the government’s effort so far in dousing the onslaught and calming the strained nerves which enabled various concerned parties to shield their swords and allow Whitney to be laid to rest peacefully,” the group stated…… CONTINUE READING