Two months after prestigious Queen’s College, Lagos was shut down following the outbreak of an illness believed to be caused by contaminated water, the school hasn’t been reopened. A teacher from the school spoke to newsmen saying; “No date has been set for resumption” .
The teachers, on Tuesday, were gathered at the college for a workshop. The meeting, which was held under the Senior Civil Servants was designed to discuss issues that bordered on quality assurance.
But it would seem that it is the parents who are most disturbed by the prolonged closure. A good number of them do not live in Lagos; those whose daughters are in the examination classes (JSS III and SSS III), were therefore, required to make arrangements for their children to live close to the institution throughout the period. Other parents have had to hire home tutors to keep their children engaged.
Not much has happened to reduce the tension. For example, it was gathered that, as at last weekend, about four students were still receiving treatment in hospitals in Lagos.
The death, two weeks ago, of a third student, identified as Praise Sodipo, had thrown more parents into a state of panic. The 14-year-old student, who was said to be an orphan and had been on the sick bed for a long time, died weeks after Vivian Osuiniyi and Bithia Itulua.