UPDATE: Queens College Students Resume Classes.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has directed the resumption of exam classes (JSS3 & SS3) only, of students of the Queens College, Yaba, Lagos state.

They are expected to resume as day students from Monday March 20, 2017 between the hours of 7:30 am-2:30 pm.

The new directive is coming contrary to the earlier text messages sent by the school management, asking all parents to return their wards to school on March 19.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. OlaJide Idris, during a news conference on Thursday, had advised that the School resumption “be delayed till appropriate measures have been put in place for the safety of the students”.

Subsequently, some parents visited the school to meet with the Principal, Mrs Aduke Are, and get first hand information about the resumption as well as see what measures have been put in place to safeguard the welfare and safety of their wards.

Mrs Are, while addressing the parents, assured them that management had been following all the recommendations by the Lagos State Ministry of Health.

She said among other developments, that a water treatment plant had been certified while the 500ft deep industrial bore hole which serves as the main source of water for the entire premises has also been revamped and is functioning.

 

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Lagos State Government wants Queens College shut down

The Lagos State government has advised an indefinite shutdown of Queens College over the outbreak of water-borne disease in the school.

Addressing journalists in Lagos on Thursday, Jide Idris, the state’s Commissioner of Health, said the school’s resumption should be delayed until appropriate health measures are put in place for the safety of the students.

Two students have died since the outbreak of water-borne diseases in the school, with more than 50 others currently on admission in the school’s clinic after eating spaghetti and drinking water in the refectory.

Mr. Idris said water samples were collected from the school and analysed at the state’s Drug Quality Control Laboratory as well as the Microbiology Department of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

“The results from the two laboratories showed high bacteria content in the water samples from kitchen, behind dining hall and Queens Delight, the school water factory,” said Mr. Idris.

“The bacteria range from Coliforms, Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Klebsiella ozoana, and Aeromonas hydrophilia.”

The school, a federal government-owned institution, is billed to reopen from its midterm break on March 19, but Mr. Idris called for a postponement because, according to results from school’s sick bay, onset of the students’ illness began on January 16.

“The total number of students who presented at the clinic on account of abdominal pain, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea was 1,222 from the first date of presentation (11/01/17) to the last date of presentation (15/02/17),” Mr. Idris said.

“There were four different peak periods of infection namely 31st January 2017, 2nd, 8th, and 14th of February 2017.

“16 ill cases were admitted in various hospitals. Nine have been discharged, two died, while one is still on admission at the Intensive Care Unit of LASUTH and three at LUTH.

 

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Parents protest Queen’s College pupils’ death

Parents are bitter about how their children are being treated at Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos Mainland, where two pupils have died from drinking unclean water.

Vivian Osuinyi died of diarrhea on February 14; Itula Bithna died of typhoid on February 22.

The girls, who were junior secondary pupils, died at home after falling ill in school

The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) Chairman, Mr John Ofordike, said he was called to the school three months ago to attend to a medical issue.

“As far as I am concerned I cannot tell you the cause of their death, but, was told that it is typhoid fever and it was caused by bad water. Three months ago, there was an incident in the college. Students were vomiting and purging and I was called upon. When I got there I saw children at the sick bay receiving treatments and while some were still waiting to be treated. We tried to examine the issue but didn’t know where the fault was. So in the end, I donated 3,000 bags of pure water which lasted for five days and during that period the number of children vomiting and purging reduced

“Before they vacated, I advised parents to take their children for medical check-up. So many did and I got so many complaints – of fever, high level of typhoid in their system. It is disheartening that four months into my election as the chairman, there have been medical issues and even deaths,” he said.

Ofordike noted that the pupils were not benefiting from the Queen’s Delight table water which is produced in the school by a private firm.

The firm started operation about two years ago, with an agreement to provide potable water for domestic use in the school. However, Ofordike said the water was being sold to outsiders without consideration for the pupils.

Henceforth, he said, the firm would provide the water for use in the dormitories, kitchen, clinic and dining areas.

A parent, who simply called himself Mr Zubby, blamed the pupils’ death on negligence.

He said: “It is a result of negligence. That is why we are here. Nobody is happy. I have two children here and I would not want anything to go wrong with them. After their inter-house sports, I took my daughters’ home. That night one of them fell really sick. When we conducted tests on them, they were both positive with high level of typhoid. So we started advising parents to do same, so many results from the parents were positive too. In fact one of us said her daughter’s was critical.

“I think there should be transparency; you do not expect any parent to start raising issue where there is none. Most times these children come back home and complain of one thing or the other and where the management is not able to say let us sit down and proffer solution it becomes a big issue.”

Another parent, Mr Timothy Babafemi, said: “We are not happy at all with the issue. There were rusted pipes that resulted in the contamination of the water. Though my daughter suffered from malaria as a result of bad windows, mosquitoes, but with the help of the PTA and other agencies, the deteriorated facilities in the school are being repaired”.

Parents blame government, management over deaths at Queens College.

Amid raging controversy over the death of two students of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos State, parents have blamed the government and management of the school for not providing good source of drinking water to the students.

Some parents who spoke with The Guardian yesterday at the school, which has been shut following a directive from the Ministry of Health to fumigate the school premises, linked the death to lack of potable water and unhygienic environment at the college.

It would be recalled that two female boarding students, Vivian Osuinyi and Bithia Itulua died after reportedly suffering cases of stooling and vomiting. It was alleged that the late students ate spaghetti and drank water served in the cafeteria by the college cooks.

At the school yesterday, parents who were summoned to pick their SSS 3 wards, who are writing their mock examination, were agitated by the development. They expressed disappointment over the incident, alleging that the college showed greater interest in commercialising the provision of clean water at the detriment of the students.

One of them who pleaded anonymity said “the most unfortunate thing is that the college has a big water company called ‘Queens Delight’ within the school premises, yet they could not provide potable drinking water for the students. This is absurd! Government on its part do not care to know whether the school has good source of water or not, yet they collect fees every term without taking good care of the students.

“Education at Queens College is not cheap. For parents after investing so much on their children to loose a child due to carelessness of some group of people is pathetic. What is most painful is that this death is avoidable if all parties have gotten their priorities right. The college’s lavatories, kitchen area is so dirty, there is no water in the toilets, and students complain they normally see hairs in their food. This has to be critically addressed.”

Meanwhile, chairman of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), John Ofobike, has insisted that there was no recent outbreak of any epidemic at the college, wondering why parents are blowing the latest incident out of proportion.

According to him, “about three weeks ago, I got a call that some students were stooling and vomiting. When I got to the sick bay, I saw four students were on admission. We made effort to trace the cause of the incident. A worker at the college told me they are suspecting that the drinking water was contaminated. After we confirmed it was not food poisoning, we instructed all students to stop using water from the school tank.

“We bought 3,000 bags of sachet water and distributed to all students. After three days, the girls on admission were certified okay and discharged. Surprising last Thursday, the social media went agog with the news of epidemic and death of four students of the college. The first student died about three weeks ago. The two students died of fever, malaria and typhoid according to their families. So until the ministry brings out the report of their investigation, we will know the exact situation.”

 

Source: The Guardian

FG investigates death of two Queen’s College students

Isaac Adewole, minister of health, has set up a team to probe the deaths of two students of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos.

One of the students was said to have died in her house during the ongoing mid-term holiday.

There are reports that they died following an outbreak of diarrhea, but the school authorities have denied the news.

According to a statement by the ministry, Adewole’s investigative team comprises members of staff the department of medicine at the University of Lagos and the epidemiology unit of the Lagos state ministry of health.

The statement said Adewole was in Lagos to witness the commissioning of the secretariat of the West African College of Surgeons when he was informed of the situation in the school.

He was said to have diverted his convoy to the school, where he met Lami Amodu, the principal, some staff, and health officials.

“He was told the school is on mid-term break but there were two reported deaths of students at home. One due to febrile illness and cause of the second is unknown,” the statement read.

“Following his interaction, the minister has directed the officials of the ministry of health, community health, and LUTH to ascertain the cause of death of the students, inspect the school environment including the kitchen, examine the source of water supply and test its suitability for human consumption and also visit the bereaved families.”

Adewole, who said the report of investigation will be forwarded to the minister of education, called for calm, saying government is on top of the situation.”

According to New Telegraph, the principal blamed rumor mongers for the reports on diarrhea.

She reportedly said the only death case known to the school was that of one Vivian Osuyi, a junior secondary school 2 pupil, whom she noted was taken home by her parents after the school called their attention to her health situation about two weeks ago.

“I am still at a loss about this development. We had our inter-house-sport on Wednesday and the students immediately left for home for midterm break,” she said.

“As I’m speaking to you, there is no student in school, so where is the rumour of the epidemic coming from? Who is behind this new round of rumour?”

Health ministry to probe the cause of death of two Queen’s College students.

Isaac Adewole, minister of health, has set up a team to probe the deaths of two students of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos.

One of the students was said to have died in her house during the ongoing mid-term holiday.

There are reports that they died following an outbreak of diarrhea, but the school authorities have denied the news.

According to a statement by the ministry, Adewole’s investigative team comprises members of staff the department of medicine at the University of Lagos and the epidemiology unit of the Lagos state ministry of health.

The statement said Adewole was in Lagos to witness the commissioning of the secretariat of the West African College of Surgeons when he was informed of the situation in the school.

He was said to have diverted his convoy to the school, where he met Lami Amodu, the principal, some staff, and health officials.

“He was told the school is on mid-term break but there were two reported deaths of students at home. One due to febrile illness and cause of the second is unknown,” the statement read.

“Following his interaction, the minister has directed the officials of the ministry of health, community health, and LUTH to ascertain the cause of death of the students, inspect the school environment including the kitchen, examine the source of water supply and test its suitability for human consumption and also visit the bereaved families.”

Adewole, who said the report of investigation will be forwarded to the minister of education, called for calm, saying government is on top of the situation.”

According to New Telegraph, the principal blamed rumor mongers for the reports on diarrhea.

She reportedly said the only death case known to the school was that of one Vivian Osuyi, a junior secondary school 2 pupil, whom she noted was taken home by her parents after the school called their attention to her health situation about two weeks ago.

“I am still at a loss about this development. We had our inter-house-sport on Wednesday and the students immediately left for home for midterm break,” she said.

“As I’m speaking to you, there is no student in school, so where is the rumour of the epidemic coming from? Who is behind this new round of rumour?”

 

Source: The Cable

FG seeks land for expansion of Queen’s College, Lagos

The Federal Government is working out modalities to acquire a piece of land for use as an annex of Queen’s College, Lagos, the Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has said.

Oyo-Ita made the disclosure at the unveiling of the vision of the Principal of Queen’s College, Dr. Lamu Amodu, on Friday in Lagos.

The theme of the vision is: “Rekindling the Torch of Excellence.”

According to Oyo-Ita, the purpose for establishing an annex for the college is to create more space for effective teaching and learning as well as skills acquisition.

Oyo-Ita said: “I am aware that the vision of the principal of this college is borne out of commitment, interest and desire to revamp the standard and quality of education given to our students to be in line with modern day labour demands.

“The development will also reposition the college to its enviable pitch in academic performance.

“In our time, we were fewer in number but at present, the large student population without corresponding increase in infrastructure implies extra cost and hard work for high standard to be sustained.

“It is therefore in this light that on my own as the Head of Service of the Federation will support the Federal Ministry of Education with the cooperation of the Ministries of Lands and Urban Development and others relevant to acquire an annex for the college.

“This is a step in actualising part of the noble vision and other identified projects of the college’s principal.”

Oyo-Ita lauded the Australian High Commission in Nigeria for keying into the vision by constructing and donating a solar powered water system to the college.

The head of service called for more partnerships from the public to encourage girl-child education in the country.

Amodu noted that her vision was to prepare and equip graduate versatile women who would succeed in the ever changing and competitive world in their chosen professions.

She said the purpose of the annex was not to over crowd the college, rather it was to provide enabling environment for effective teaching of the trade subjects which were key to the college’s vision.

She said: “The annex will house an entrepreneurship centre for hands-on training for girls as we also look at providing a befitting staff quarters for our teachers.”

She added that such was one of the visions of the founding fathers of the college.

Amodu said: “The demands of our society and the modern labour market have begun to challenge our definition of quality education given to our students.

“A lot more emphasis is placed today on skills acquisition and entrepreneurship, consequently, our concept of quality education needs to change to align with the new reality of growing societal needs.

“To this end, for a more strategic planning, comprehensive approach and renewed direction which are the guiding principles of this vision becomes imperative.

“However, the implementation of this vision may not be easy for the government to fund, especially at this time of economic recession.

“Our strategy therefore, is to reach out to individuals and corporate organisations with similar culture of excellence, and have benefitted from the qualitative services of the products of our college to key in.”

She added that her vision had already received the backing of the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, a former Head of Service of the Federation, restated the need for the re-introduction of History as a subject in the education curriculum.

According to Afolabi, who chaired the occasion, a subject such as history will seek to bridge the gap between the old and new generations.

He added that on re-introducing history, experts must ensure that it was a balance of both ancient and contemporary, so that the children would know where they are coming from.

Afolabi said: “We must not focus all our attention on the physical but rather also reflect on those who had at one time or the other, made various sacrifices in an attempt to develop the college.

“However, it is regrettable that no sustainable funding arrangement is usually put in place to keep all these visions and dreams alive.”

The high point of the event was the award of excellence to deserving old girls of the college who had excelled in their respective areas of endeavour.

Some of them inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame are Oyo-Ita, Efunjoke Coker and Prof. Grace Alele Williams.

The former Minister of Education, Prof. Chinwe Obaji, and Prof. Folashade Ogunshola of the UNILAG College of Medicine were among the inductees.

The event witnessed the inauguration of the solar powered water system donated by the Australian High Commission.

Queen’s College Sex Scandal: Police Grill Teacher For 13 Hours

 The La­gos State Police Command, Ikeja have interrogated the Queen’s College, Yaba, teacher, Mr. Olaseni Osifala, alleged of harassing a JSS2 female student in the night.
Police source said that the teacher was quizzed for over 13 hours from Tuesday evening to early morning of yester­day. The detectives told Mr. Osifala of the source of the petition.
As at the time of filling this report, Mr. Osifala was still at the police command waiting for another round of interrogation on the issue.
According to the source, during the interrogation, the detectives told him that there were several groups interest­ed in the case prompting the teacher to ask for the woman who raised the alarm.
During his interrogation yesterday, the detectives in­formed him of the source of the petition, asked him what he knew about the allega­tion which he denied and the teacher demanded to see the woman who raised the alarm of her daughter being harassed.
On Monday, Mr. Osifala was invited with the Princi­pal, Dr. Lami Amodu to the police command for ques­tioning and was with his in­terrogators till 7.00pm after he had written a statement.
The Principal, Mrs. Amo­du after writing her state­ment was asked to go while Mr. Osifala was made to stay behind for further question­ing before being asked to go home around 7pm and was directed to report early the next day.
Detectives asked him to report back on Tuesday morning which he did, he was released and summoned again in the afternoon to an­swer more questions
The allegation took a new twist yesterday as some staff of the college were invited to write statement and inter­rogated later on what they knew about the harassment.
There is an easy calm in the college following the revelation that the Old Girls Association of Queen’s Col­lege was behind the predica­ment of Mr. Osifala. The association was said to have sent the petition to the po­lice command indicting the teacher.
It was gathered that the woman who accused the teacher of harassing her daughter at the female hos­tel , has not shown up at the police command since Mon­day.
A source at the college said that the Principal, Mrs. Amodu has been invited by the Fed­eral Ministry of Education, Abuja, over the issue.
Several calls to her line were not answered but a staff at the college said the principal left Abuja yester­day for Lagos after briefing ministry staff of the situa­tion. The source confirmed a panel had been set up by the ministry.
The Parents – Teachers Association (PTA) of the college on Monday said no member of the body had brought the issue to the attention of the PTA and described the woman as faceless.
SS3 students of the col­lege lead by the Head Girl and some old students staged a protest on Monday in support of the embattled teacher and denounced the allegation.
A lawyer, Barrister Tony Ezimah said it would be difficult for the police to make any head­way in the case if the wom­an who accused the teacher of harassing her daughter did not show up.
Ezimah said the police can act on the petition from the old girls of the college but would require the com­plaint to prove the allega­tion against the teacher.

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Sexual Assault: Police Probe Queens College Teacher

Lagos State Police Command says it is investigating one Mr. Osifala Olaseni, a biology teacher with Queens College, Yaba, Lagos for alleged sexual assault of a JSS2 student. Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatia Owoseni, stated this yesterday when the Commander of 435 BSG, Mr Paul Masiyer, paid him a courtesy call in his office. Owoseni said: “As a responsible organisation, we are aware of a story trending on social media accusing a male teacher of Queens College, one Mr Osifala, of assaulting a student. We did not wait for a formal complaint, but began a process to bring whosoever was responsible to (book).

We invited the principal and Mr. Osifala, and I interrogated them. Our Compliant Response Unit has also taken over the investigation and we received a letter from the Old Girls Association on their interim report on the matter. We have stepped into the matter, even without them calling us in.” It would be recalled that the social media was agog with a report on a blog by one Mrs Chinyere Okoye who claimed that her JSS 2 daughter was sexually molested by Olaseni, the school Biology teacher, during lights out. However, the school management and students said the allegation is false and a calculated attempt to dent the image of the school and the teacher. To this end, the students and workers embarked on a peaceful protest on Monday in support of the teacher.

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