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Uganda shutting down schools: Are private institutions profiting from the poor?

  • Yes, they certainly are.

    The fact that the Ugandan government is shutting down low-cost private schools run by billionaires is a bold move, but a brave one. People such as Zuckerberg and Gates could easily supply free, quality education to children in need, but instead they are using them as just another source of income. Also, if they are teaching American values and ignoring the country's culture, they are directly disrespecting and damaging the country's children.

  • sometimes they are

    I'm not sure in this case. Uganda is shutting down several low cost schools funded by Microsoft and Facebook. On the face of things, these schools are good since they are offering educational opportunities to children who might not normally be able to attend school. Given what I've read, it sounds like the government is making some unfounded allegations and is looking to find a way to benefit from closing these schools.

  • People want to have a chance.

    A private school can only exist if people want to pay to attend it. Parents must see these institutions are beneficial for their children. If Uganda wants to help its poor, they could open up nearby public schools that students could attend at taxpayer expense. Shutting down private schools isn't the solution.

  • No, I don`t think so.

    Critics allege that the education methods at Bridge are not transparent and that a standardized approach to learning is hazardous adding that education has nothing to do with standardization, rather debating, thinking and discussion.
    Moral decay has been another reason added to the list of why the Bridge academy should be shut down as the Ugandan Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija, revealed that the recent closure of the schools was on the suspicion of pornography being taught to students.
    The academy is an international school with operations in Kenya, India, Uganda and Nigeria. However, its expansion was halted in Uganda earlier in the year, when the education ministry suspended the expansion of the schools over poor infrastructure, issues with teachers and questionable curriculum..


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