Damning Report Implicates Bridge International Schools

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The 40-page document authored by Curtis Riep, a student of the University of Alberta in Canada, implicates Bridge for putting a prime motive of making profits before students; premeditated business plan of employing unqualified staff, and delivering a highly scripted standardized curriculum that flouts the national standards.

Education International (EI), a global federation representing teachers and education workers worldwide, has released a daunting report accusing Bridge International for schooling the poor profitably.

The 40-page document authored by Curtis Riep, the University of Alberta student in Canada, implicates Bridge for putting a prime motive of making profits before students; premeditated business plan of employing unqualified staff, and delivering a highly scripted standardized curriculum that flouts the national standards.

On May 30th Riep was arrested by police in Uganda after Bridge accused him of impersonation while carrying out his research funded by EI but later the charges were dropped.

James Tweheyo, the General Secretary Uganda National Teachers' Union (UNATU) called the government to consider the report with urgency and tighten its grip to put an end to the mess being created by private education service providers in the country.

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While addressing the press this afternoon from Hotel Africana in Kampala, Angelo Gravielatos, the Project Director of EI accused Bridge of operating with substantial disregard for Uganda's educational standards and established schools outside of the required legal processes.

Gravielatos contended that though Bridge has gone to court to reverse the decision of the government after a directive by Education ministry to close its academies, the report is an alarming bell for all.

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However, Dawn Mulondo Mugerwa the Bridge Program Manager for East Africa rubbished the report and slammed government for twisting the matter yet inspection reports by education officials allowed Bridge as provided for in the Education Act 2008.

Mulondo also questions the rationale of the government getting too involved on the matter yet the Education company with over 12,000 pupils and at least 800 employees has been operating openly in the country since February.

The report will also be released and discussed further at the celebrations of World Teachers' Day to be held at the Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala.