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Kings College Denies Allegations Of Poor Students’ Welfare

Posted: Jul 1, 2015 at 6:13 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oyeniran Apata, Lagos

Following the violent protest over the weekend, by a faction of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) of the Kings College, Lagos, over alleged poor welfare of students, the authorities of the college have dismissed the allegations.

Fifteen parents out of the 3,000 of students’ population of the college had last Sunday stormed the annex campus of the college on Victoria Island to protest alleged poor sanitary condition, welfare and gross neglect of student living in darkness in the hostels.

Addressing media crew on tour of the two campuses of the college at the school’s board room in Lagos, Principal of the college, Otunba Dele Olapeju, expressed shock at the attitude of the parents that stormed the school, contending that it was a “a coup d’état against his administration.”

“This development is strange because it was concocted, and executed by 15 families (husband and wife) who had threatened to invade the college and cause commotion that would lead to the exit of the Principal and the PTA. It is an unfortunate development as they attempted (and indeed) embarrassed the college.

“How has a visiting day become placard and press calling day? Why after, a weeklong mid-term and returning their wards to the college, this group is insisting that they must enter the college. There are 3,000 families and about 6,000 parents out of which only 30 members carried out the protest,” he added.

Accepting that the appreciable facilities available at the two campuses of the College can be better, the Principal said all effort and invitation extended to the group to express their displeasure before the management board of the school and the PTA have been repeatedly rebuffed by the group whose interests he alleged were beyond ordinary.

The Chairman, Kings College Parent Teachers Association (KCPTA), School Management Board, Mr. Samuel Agun, condemned the conduct of the group, contending that it had constituted itself into a union to undermine and distract the progress of the association and management board.

At the end of the press briefing, journalists were conducted round the two campuses of the college for an on the spot assessment of facilities in a marathon exercise that ended at about 10 in the night.

At the Victoria Island annex of the college, three electricity generating sets of different capacities lit up the campus as journalists took time to inspect a block of toilets, water treatment plant, the clinic, the laundry, lecture theatres, school auditorium, and the well-stocked barbing salon where the principal took turn to have his hair-cut.