Education

Gov’t shuts down Bridge international academy in Arua

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A teacher instructs pupils at one of Bridge International Academies

One of the Bridge International Academies located in Arua district has been closed.

At the start of this month, parents and pupils of Bridge International Academies demonstrated after High Court issued a ruling ordering them to close.

The chain of low-cost private schools backed by Microsoft and Facebook founders Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg is faulted for providing unsanitary learning conditions, using unqualified teachers and not being properly licensed.

Bridge International which has expanded rapidly since its inception in 2008 offering cheap, standardised, technology-driven education in developing countries in Africa and Asia.

Under the Bridge International model teachers read scripted lessons word-for-word from a tablet computer that also records student attendance and assessments.

On Monday, the Centre branch manager of the Arua academy, Frank Andati, told Uganda Radio Network that the school was closed despite the fact that their lawyer secured a stay of execution injunction after court ruled that the Ministry of Education was within its right to demand closure of the schools.

Speaking earlier, Bridge International Academies liaison officer, Godwin Matsiko, said the schools got clearance from the relevant authorities.

As for the curriculum, Maysiko says they are teaching the Ugandan curriculum as directed by the ministry.

 

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