Uganda's First Lady closes 62 international schools
15 August 2016, 16:06
Kampala - Uganda government has closed 62 international schools across the country over lack of operating license and using inappropriate structures as classrooms as well as lack of required curriculum for teaching children.
The closed international schools belong to an organization called Bridge International Academies that have been operating from nursery to primary level.
Their closure came after the workers MP, Margaret Rwabushaija raised this matter in Parliament recently, prompting the ministry of education to investigate the schools. It was established that the schools have never gone through registration and licensing though they have been operating since 2013.
The minister of education who is also Uganda's first lady Janet Museveni reported to Parliament that the schools' infrastructures are in bad shape yet interim period required for them to use the temporary structures had expired.
She said, ''Those school structures cannot promote good hygiene. They also lack teacher-student interaction.''
She directed that the schools be closed at the end of the second term and pupils transferred to other universal primary education (UPE) schools.
She added that these schools will only be reopened after they have satisfied the ministry of education requirement.
MPs who include the woman MP for Kumi municipality, Monica Amoding and Mitoma district woman representative, Jovah Kamateka say that schools especially private schools operate in poor environment because of lack of inspection.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga asked the minister of education Janet Museveni to also ensure that the land of public schools is protected from land grabbers.
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