Written by Tharushan Fernando
30 Nov, 2016 | 8:44 am
Ugandan authorities and a for-profit international chain of schools is in a legal stand-off with the education provider being ordered to shut down in a matter of weeks.
Uganada’s High Court has issued orders for Bridge International Academies (BIA) to shut-down describing the education provider’s facilities as unsanitary and unqualified.High Courts have given till December because it ignored Uganda’s national standards and put the “life and safety” of its 12,000 young students on the line
The closure of BIA -which is funded by the likes Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg- will leave 12,000 students with no place of education.
The Director of Standards for the Ministry, Huzaifa Mutazindwa had said that the nursery and primary schools were not licensed, the teachers weren’t qualified and that there was no record of its curriculum being approved.
“The Ministry does not know what is being taught in these schools which is a point of concern to (the) government,” Mutazindwa said
BIA ,which has 63 campuses across Uganda,is allowed to remain open until December 8 to allow students to sit for exams and finish third term following an interim court order secured by the low cost education provider that restrained the government from closing its schools until its main case for stay could be heard in court.
BIA continuously denied the allegations that have been made by the government.
“There’s a lot of miscommunication and a lot of very serious, unfounded allegations. We would like to be given the opportunity to explain ourselves … The Ministry has been unwilling to give us an audience to set the record straight,” Uganda’s BIA director, Andrew White, told CNN.
In a statement, BIA addressed eight of the allegations that have been made about its operations.
It charged that it teaches the Ugandan curriculum, all schools have good sanitation facilities and that the majority of their teachers are certified and registered and those who aren’t certified and registered, it said, are attending in-service training.
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