Bridge International Speaks Out On Closure

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Michael Kaddu, the Communications Manager at Bridge International told a media briefing in Kampala that the administration was surprised to learn that in spite of ongoing consultations with the Ministry of Education to rectify issues on licensing, curriculum development and infrastructural development, this was not considered.

Bridge International Academies has expressed shock over the closure of its schools across the country.

Education minister Janet Kataaha Museveni yesterday announced the closure of the 63 nursery and primary schools across the country for allegedly flouting minimum operating standards, using unqualified teachers and teaching a syllabus that does not conform to national and international standards.

It was also established that the school did not have operational licenses, except for one branch in Kumi district, while the infrastructural and hygiene standards were found wanting.

In April, the ministry wrote to the school to suspend expansion of its operations until these issues are sorted.
 
However, Michael Kaddu, the Communications Manager at Bridge International told a media briefing in Kampala that the administration was surprised to learn that in spite of ongoing consultations with the Ministry of Education to rectify issues on licensing, curriculum development and infrastructural development, this was not considered.
 
Kaddu says while they will comply with the directive, they will continue to engage with government to allow the schools continue to operate when the third term commences in September.
 
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On the issue of licensing, Andrew White, the Expansion Director at Bridges International says processes are underway at the districts to regularise the operations of the schools.

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While the Ministry of Education poked holes in the curriculum of the schools, Kaddu explained that pupils are taught using the local curriculum. He refuted what he called claims legislators that part of the curriculum includes teaching on homosexuality. 
 
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Mrs. Museveni says once the academy meets the required standards, they will be allowed to re-open. In the meantime, she says the ministry is in the process of moving the affected 12,000 pupils to other government-owned schools.

Kaddu says the schools will meet with the pupils' parents to discuss the matter before the term ends.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.