The High Court in Kampala has ruled in favour of the Ministry of Educations directive to close down Bridge International Academies in Uganda after court established that Bridge is operating its academies in contravention of the law.
The High Court in Kampala had issued a temporary injunction to further block government from closing all Bridge International Academies, a move that had put the future of more than 12,000 students in jeopardy.
The interim order that was extended by Justice Patricia Basaza Wasswa and was to stay in place until the court hears the main suit filed by Bridge International Academies challenging the move by government to close its string of schools
The ministry of Education had in its August 25 circular, directed that all the 63 campuses of Bridge International Academies be closed after findings revealed that the schools did not have qualified teachers and that the curriculum being used was not accredited and the schools fell short of standards hygiene and sanitation.
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.
In a statement to parliament, Janet Museveni said that the material used by Bridge “could not promote teacher-pupil interaction” and that the poor hygiene standards “put the life and safety of school children in danger”.