Thursday
August 18
2016

Uganda is trying to close a for-profit school chain backed by Zuckerburg, Gates and the World Bank

NextBillion editor’s note: Since the publication of this article, Bridge International Academies also issued a statement  (Aug. 14) that can be found here.

Ugandan education officials have called for the closure of 63 nurseries and primary schools operated by Bridge International Academies (BIA), a controversial for-profit school chain that offers standardized, internet-based education in developing countries.

Janet Museveni, minister of education and wife of Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, told lawmakers on Tuesday (Aug 17) that inspections of Bridge International schools revealed poor infrastructure, hygiene, and sanitation that “put the life and safety of the school children in danger.”

Museveni called for the schools in Uganda to be closed at the end of term in September and to remain shuttered until ministry guidelines are met.

 Uganda’s high court previously issued an interim court ruling that the schools should not be closed, in response to similar calls made by Museveni earlier this month. Bridge said that its schools are still operating and that it expects the court to uphold its ruling at its next hearing. The company called claims of safety issues at its schools “false allegations.”

Source: Quartz (link opens in a new window)

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