The Ugandan high court has ordered Bridge International Academies – a low-cost education provider funded by philanthropists Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg – to close by December 8
Uganda orders schools funded by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, to shut down
The Ugandan high court has ordered Bridge International Academies – a low-cost education provider funded by philanthropists Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg – to close by December 8 for being unsanitary, ignoring Uganda’s national education standards and putting the life and safety of its students at risk.
Huzaifa Mutazindwa, director of education standards for the education ministry in Uganda has accused the nursery and primary schools of not being licensed, teachers of not being qualified and the ministry not having a record of approving the school’s curriculum. The ministry claims that they do not know what is being taught in BIA schools.
BIA, for it’s part, have denied the accusations and have claimed that the ministry has refused to meet with them to allow them to answer the allegations.
In a statement responding to the allegations, BIA have asserted that they do teach the Ugandan curriculum, all schools have good sanitation facilities and a large portion of their teachers are certified and registered. The few that are not are receiving in-service training.
They believe that they are being targeted by lobby groups as they compete with state-run and local private schools.
BIA has 63 campuses across Uganda with about 12000 students. They were able to secure an interim court order preventing government from closing the schools and allowing students to complete exams and the third term.