Arua Authorities Close Bridge International Academy Branch

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In short
The officials stormed the school on the directives from the Director of Education Standards in the Education and Sports Ministry in line with a High court ruling ordering the closure of Bridge Academies across the country.

There was a somber mood at Bridge International Adalafu Academy in Oli Division in Arua Municipality on Monday afternoon when education officials moved to close the school.

 
The officials stormed the school on the directives from the Director of Education Standards in the Education and Sports Ministry in line with a High court ruling ordering the closure of Bridge Academies across the country.

 
Joseph Monday, the Assistant Town Clerk Arua Municipal spoke to URN on the closure of the school.
 

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He directed that all the pupils of the school be absorbed in the nearest UPE schools so that they can continue with the third term.

Khemis Muzaidi, the LC III Chairperson River Oli Division, Arua Municipality has advised management to improve the conditions of the school and apply to government to allow them operate.
 
 
 
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URN visited the school at around 3:30pm and found most of the children in the baby class sleeping with their heads on the desk in the iron roofed structures. Muzaidi says this is uncalled for since the school is not registered as kindergarten.


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Joachim Ozimati, the Principal Education Officer Arua Municipality, says the practice of keeping children at school beyond midday without the basic facilities contravenes the minimum standards.

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Faruk Andati, the Manager Bridge International Academy Adalafu Branch, told URN that he would abide with the decision to close the school in line with the court order.
 
 
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He however, said their lawyers have secured an injunction staying the execution of the court order. Andati says he will reopen the branch immediately he secures a copy of the order.
 
 
 

Bridge International Academy Crisis
 
 
Trouble for Bridge International Academy started last year when they were accused of recruiting unqualified teachers. The academy was also accused of teaching a syllabus which didn't conform to the national standards.  Uganda National Teachers' Union-UNATU accused the academy of attempting to kill public schools in the country.
 

In July this year, government ordered the closure of all branches of Bridge International Academy, accusing them of operating illegally. According to the Education Ministry, they only issued license for one branch, which the officials used to open 62 other branches. Unsatisfied, the officials went to court and obtained a temporary injunction. Last week, Justice Masalu Musene ruled that the schools be closed.
 

 

About the author

Franklin Ezaruku Draku
Franklin Draku has been a journalist since 2004. In his 12 years of practice, Draku can say he has covered all the journalism beats that exist.

A Uganda Radio Network (URN) staff member since 2010, Draku is based in Arua. This is his second tour of duty in this area. Draku was URN's main education and environment journalist in Kampala for two years 2014 to 2016.

A Kyambogo University graduate, Draku first worked with Arua district based Radio Pacis in 2004. At the station, he was a production assistant, reporter, producer, and then talk show host. In 2008, he joined Transnile Broadcasting Service for a year.

Draku reports intensively on education, tourism, environment and local government. He has twice been a runner up for the National Journalism Awards in 2013 and in 2014.