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Uganda’s Education Minister Shutsdown 63 Unhygienic Private Schools

Ugandan authorities have closed at least 63 unhygienic privately run schools, reports the Washington post.

The recently sworn in minister of Education and Sports Janet K. Museveni reportedly told parliament that the schools were a danger to the children as they were unhygienic.

Museveni was quoted saying the schools would be closed at the end of the term and would remain closed “until the ministry is satisfied that they have put in place what is required to operate a school as per ministry’s guidelines.”

The schools are operated by the Bridge International Academies (BIA) network, which is reportedly supported by the World Bank; Pearson, the world’s largest for-profit education company; and by billionaires Bill Gates, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Pierre Omidyar, among others.

Meanwhile, Bridge International Academies (BIA) has since expressed its shock over the recent closure of the schools saying that the closure would affect at least 12,000 Bridge children and some 800 Ugandans.

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BIA further claimed that it has worked in partnership with the Government of Uganda to make sure that all Ugandan children have access to a high quality education.

Meanwhile, according to the Daily Nation Kenya’s education minister Fred Matiang’i also raised similar concerns over the running of the BIA schools in the east African country.

Matiang’i was quoted saying the BIA schools were notorious of hiring unqualified staff to teach the children, and having inadequate sanitation

“It is pointless to purport to give education to poor children when the conditions they get that education [in are] hazardous and the teachers who are employed in the schools are not qualified,”Matiang’i  was quoted saying early this year.

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