Embattled Bridge schools in Uganda will remain open until December 8, after securing an interim court order restraining government from closing its 63 campuses across the country. The stay of execution order dated November 14 issued by High Court deputy Registrar Muse Musimbi, will allow pupils in the academies to sit end of year exams and finish third term until when the main application is heard by the court.
In her ruling, Justice Patricia Basaza Wasswa said that despite efforts by the Education Ministry to engage the management of Bridge International Schools to remedy the inadequacies, they never took advice seriously.
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.
In July this year, the Education Ministry ordered Bridge International Academy to close its 63 campuses nationwide for allegedly flouting the curriculum, employing none qualified teachers, operating without a license and poor hygiene.
Solomon Serwanjja, the Academys Public Relations Officer told URN that over 100 Grade III and Grade V teachers who are registered by government will be hired as part of compliance being enforced by the ministry.
Mrs. Janet Museveni, the Education minister says once the academy meets the required standards, they will be allowed to re-open. In the meantime, she says the ministry is in the process of moving the affected pupils to other government-owned schools.