Uganda’s education minister shutsdown 63 unhygienic private schools
19 August 2016, 14:56
Kampala – Ugandan authorities
have closed at least 63 unhygienic privately run schools, reports the Washington
The recently sworn
in minister of Education and Sports Janet K. Museveni reportedly told
parliament that the schools were a danger to the children as they were unhygienic.
Museveni was quoted
saying the schools would be closed at the end of the term and would remain
closed "until the ministry is satisfied that they have put in place what is
required to operate a school as per ministry’s guidelines.”
The schools are operated
by the Bridge International Academies (BIA) network, which is reportedly supported
by the World Bank; Pearson, the world’s largest for-profit education company; and
by billionaires Bill Gates, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Pierre
Omidyar, among others.
International Academies (BIA) has since expressed its shock over the recent closure
of the schools saying that the closure would affect at least 12,000 Bridge children and
some 800 Ugandans.
BIA further claimed
that it has been working in partnership with the Government of Uganda to ensure
that all Ugandan children have access to a high quality education.
according to the Daily Nation Kenya’s education minister Fred Matiang’i
also raised similar concerns over the running of the BIA schools in the east
quoted saying the BIA schools were notorious of hiring unqualified staff to
teach the children, and also having inadequate sanitation
“It is pointless to
purport to provide education to poor children when the conditions they get that
education [in are] hazardous and the teachers who are employed in the schools
are not qualified,”Matiang’i was quoted saying early this year.