Dowen College Parents Demand Change in School Leadership


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The parent forum in Dowen CollegeLagos on Tuesday called for a change in school management, hostel teachers and also the installation of CCTV cameras in the school.

It comes after a 12-year-old pupil, Sylvester Oromoni, died from injuries he allegedly sustained in an attack on school premises.

The parents’ forum in the statement signed by Aituaz Kola-Oladejo, Waheed Adeoye, Oluwaseun Bolanle Ajila and Kingsley Kema Agu said a candlelight procession would be held for Sylvester on Wednesday.

According to the parents, what happened to Sylvester »could have happened to any other child in the school.

The forum said, “The parents of Dowen College are surprised and deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident which led to the death of Sylvester Oromoni. Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased and pray that God gives them the strength to bear the irreparable loss.

“As parents of Dowen students, we are still in shock and have not been able to come to terms with this incident and the accounts provided so far by the school, students and the media.

“We urge the school management team and other stakeholders (students and parents directly or indirectly mentioned) to cooperate fully with the authority in the ongoing investigation. Although we would have liked to bring Sylvester back if it were humanly possible, unraveling the cause of Sylvester’s death and bringing in whoever was responsible or might have contributed in any way to the booking will not only end this unfortunate incident for the family, but it will also serve as a deterrent for the others in all schools in Nigeria.

“So we say justice for Sylvester is justice for all. On our part as parents, we will work more closely with the school (management/board), to ensure that the necessary measures are put in place to prevent this unfortunate incident from happening again and to eradicate bullying in all his forms at school.

“We therefore sincerely request a resolution that will bring some relief to the bereaved family, other parents, Dowen College students and the public.

“These should include a change of school management and home teachers, the installation of CCTV cameras in all strategic locations and an overhaul of the school’s security system.

“The Parents’ Forum is hosting a Candle Light event. The details of which are as follows: Wednesday, December 8, 6 p.m.; Dowen College. Lighting candles is to pay homage to a “past” life and keeping the light on means the memory still lives on and burns brightly.

Jeremy S. McLain