By; Our Reporter
A group of Non-Governmental Organizations wants all funds drawn from education investors to support Bridge International Academies to be channeled to government schools.
The international and regional NGOs including; Oxfam, Action Aid, Global Campaign for Education (GCE), Africa Network Campaign for Education for All (ANCEFA), East African Centre for Human Rights (EACHRights), Right to Education and Forum for Education NGO’s in Uganda (FENU) argue that Bridge must respect the right to education and comply with government orders to close its schools.
In the statement, the group advised the financiers like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg including UK and USA governments and World Bank to stop supporting bridge schools given the violation of the law.
The Manager for Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at Action Aid Uganda, Fred Kawooya says they want the investors to expand their public sector investments in education in the countries where Bridge schools operate to help them achieve universal, free and high-quality public education.”
Bridge has opened 63 schools in Uganda in the last two years.
But the Ministry of Education says the schools are yet to be licensed because they have not met the minimum required standards.
To argue that what drives Bridge Schools is profit, the Bridge International Academy Uganda Country Director Morrison Rwakakamba says the challenge are on government for denying them licenses adding that for them to charge a child to pay 50,000 to 100,000/= to access quality education is a clear indication that they are not profit oriented as its alleged.