Ministry Closes Bridge International Schools

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Mrs. Janet Museveni, the Education minister 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 pupils to other government-owned schools.

The Ministry of Education has ordered the closure of Bridge International Schools in Uganda.

The school, with operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria, has 63 branches across the country and more than 3000 pupils.

It has been under the spotlight for allegedly flouting minimum operating standards, using unqualified teachers and teaching a syllabus that does not conform to national and international standards.

Janet Kataaha Museveni, the Ministry of Education, informed Parliament on Tuesday afternoon that following investigations by the education standards unit and National Curriculum Development Center, it was established that the school did not have operational licenses, except for one branch in Kumi district. Also, the infrastructural and hygiene standards were found wanting.

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In April this year, the ministry suspended the expansion of the schools over poor infrastructure, teachers' issues and questionable curriculum. As a result, the ministry ordered the academy not to open any new branch in the country. 

Workers MP Margaret Rwabushaija commended the decision but warned that many international schools could be operating under the same standards.
 
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A number of MPs including Monica Amoding, Jovah Kamateeka, Luttamaguzi Semakula and Latif Ssebagala questioned the monitoring role of the ministry. Ssebagala and Luttamaguzi say this should be an eye opener for government to regularly inspect schools.
 

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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 pupils to other government-owned schools.

 
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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.