Pupils, Parents of Bridge International Schools Storm Parliament Over Closure

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Parents and pupils of Bridge International Academies on Monday stormed parliament protesting against government’s decision to close the schools.

Uganda’s High Court on Friday ordered the closure of 63 Bridge International Academies on grounds that the private schools provided unsanitary learning conditions, used unqualified teachers and were not properly licensed.

Hours after Judge Patricia Basaza Wasswa’s ruling, the ministry of education said they would move to enforce the directive today (Monday).

Pupils and parents marched to parliament demanding for Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and President Yoweri Museveni’s intervention.

However, the group was intercepted by police led by Central Police Station DPC Joseph Bakaleke advising them to first report to the police station if they want to be helped.

Mr Bakaleke also advised parents and school owners to take the children home and cautioned them on engaging children in such struggles although urged the parents to come to central police station to be helped in case they want to access the parliament.

Some of the parents said they were caught off guard by the government’s order and begged that the government allows their children to sit their final exams before they can be transferred to other schools since this is their last term.

Source: All Africa (link opens in a new window)

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