Chrisland High School, Lagos, where a student died during its inter-house sports competition on February 9, remains shut, the Lagos State government declared on Sunday.
It stated that the continued closure of the school after the death of the 12-year-old student, Whitney Adeniran, was to investigate the alleged endangerment of students and others further.
“Without prejudice to the criminal proceedings, the school will remain shut to further interrogate the endangerment of students and others,’’ Commissioner for Education Folashade Adefisayo stated.
She explained that the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice had ordered a coroner’s inquest to ascertain the cause.
According to her, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) conducted the autopsy on February 15, which revealed that the student died from asphyxia and electrocution.
She also stated that a team from the Office of Education Quality Assurance also had a meeting with the management of the school to ascertain adherence to child safeguarding policies.
“The meeting examined the planning of the inter-house sports event and the aftermath of the unfortunate incident.
“It was discovered that there were lapses,’’ she said in the statement.
Ms Adefisayo added that a government delegation visited to commiserate with the deceased’s family on March 2.
She reassured that anyone found culpable in the student’s death would be made to face the law.
The commissioner also stated that government agencies had started fact-finding visits to Agege Stadium, Lagos, the venue of the inter-house sports competition.