Bridge Embarks on Redemptive Teachers' Recruitment

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Solomon Serwanjja, the Academys Public Relations Officer told URN that over 100 Grade III and Grade V teachers who are registered by government will be hired as part of compliance being enforced by the ministry.

Embattled low-cost education firm, Bridge International Academy has embarked on massive teachers' recruitment in order to conform to the Ministry of Education guidelines ahead of third term reopening.

Solomon Serwanjja, the Academy's Public Relations Officer told URN that over 100 Grade III and Grade V teachers who are registered by government will be hired as part of compliance being enforced by the ministry.

This follows a July directive by Dr. Rose Nassali Lukwago, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education to close 63 Bridge campuses across the country over lack of hygiene, employing unqualified teachers and teaching flouted syllabi.

On August 10th, aggrieved by the order, Bridge through its lawyer Isaac Walukagga petitioned Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala to halt the Ministry's directive which was granted.

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The case which was supposed to be heard on September 2nd failed to commence as the Attorney General's office was not represented in the court and hearing was postponed to September 22nd.

Section 35 of the Education Act mandates the Ministry to close education facilities that don't meet the minimum operating standards. John Geoffrey Mbabazi, the Secretary to the Education Service Commission said since Bridge has taken the matter to court, the law will take its due process.

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Again on August 30th, the ministry issued a fresh press statement reaffirming its position that Bridge schools will remain closed until they have satisfactorily complied with the set rules and standards of operating schools in Uganda.

Bridge International is a cosmopolitan chain of education service providers for profit-making with 63 nursery and primary schools in Uganda with an enrollment of 1,200 pupils and employing at least 800 workers.

The World Bank, billionaire education promoters; Bill Gates and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg are among the globe's investment kingpins behind Bridge International Academy's financing.

 

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Dominic Ochola
Dominic Ochola aka Afande Dominic has been a journalist since 2005. Starting out as a high school news club reporter, he soon was employed by King 90.2 FM in 2007. Ochola was a reporter at the Gulu based radio.

In 2009, Ochola joined Radio Rupiny 95.7 FM as a presenter and Traffic Controller. The Vision Group later posted him to Lira in 2012 to work as Sub Editor at the Rupiny Newspaper until 2014.

Ochola was also a reporter at the Irene Gleeson Foundation faith based Mighty Fire 91.5 FM in 2015 before joining Uganda Radio Network (URN) 2016 as Special Projects Correspondent covering Education.

In 2017, he was employed by Wizarts Foundation as Gulu District Coordinator for the Superwoman Project . In 2018, URN recalled him and redeployed him as Bureau Chief Kitgum covering Acholi East districts of Pader, Agago and Lamwo from April 2018 to May 2019. Ochola has been redeployed as effective June 1st 2019 to date as Gulu Bureau Chief covering Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts.

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