The Federal Ministry of Education has blamed itself and the immediate past Principal of Queen’s College, Lagos, Dr. Lami Amodu for the recent deaths of three pupils of the school.
Three pupils, namely; Praise Sodipo, an SS1 student, Vivian Osuiniyi, a JSS 2 student and Bithia Itulua, a JSS 3 died from diarrhoea caused by contaminated water and food in the school.
Speaking to newsmen on the sad incident, the Director of Basic and Secondary Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Jonathan Mbaka, faulted Dr. Amodu for her denial of reports about outbreak of diarrhoea in the school, adding that the ministry was equally culpable.
Mbaka said that the ministry got reports about the epidemic but failed to act.
He said, “I must confess that there were lapses in the ministry concerning the report filed by the Education Quality Assurance team.
“The report was submitted to the directorate of that ministry. But the directorate didn’t pass the report to other departments for action. They just kept it in the office.
“Unfortunately, it was this week that I was able to get access to that report. It is a little lapse on our part. But it is a procedural issue and when procedure has existed for too long, to change it becomes an issue. No one expected such to happen; other reports had been kept like that and nothing happened.”
Meanwhile the remains of one of the deceased students, 14-year-old Praise Sodipo, was buried on Thursday at the Atan Cemetery, Yaba, Lagos State, amid tears, sobs, cries and shrieks.
The deceased who was an orphan lost her parents six years ago. Her burial was attended by some of her classmates and friends.