Presidential advisor on media matters Tamale Mirundi has defended Bridge International schools which were ordered closed by High Court recently.
About 64 of these schools are said to be lacking both in sanitation and curriculum.
Appearing on NBS TV Tuesday, Mirundi suggested that the schools be given a second chance.
“They want Bridge Academies closed. Have the pupils there sat and failed national exams?”
He added: “If the Bridge Academies have no licenses, what does it take? Can’t we just simply give them licenses?”
Parents and pupils protested the closure and even raided parliament where they cried their hearts out.
Bridge International Academies liaison officer Matsiko Godwin maintains Bridge International Schools got clearance from the relevant authorities.
“Our structures which are permanent were cleared.”
As for the curriculum, Maysiko says they are teaching the Ugandan curriculum as directed by the ministry.
“The only difference is that we use a teacher computer. It’s mid-term.”
He said they are waiting for the Ministry of Education to give them steps on what to do next.
“The court ruling didn’t do this either. We have appealed because we believe we didn’t get a fair hearing.”
In the meantime, parents are also speaking out.
Matsiko says the Judge ruled that licensing a school is a process, not an event.
The ministry disregarded the law in its decisions.
“We have issues with the report on which the ministry based to order the closure.”
“It is not true we have one toilet. Evidence of what is on ground at all our schools were disregarded. Should they be closed without proper inspection?”