Court Clears Government to Close 63 Bridge Academy Schools

Bridge Academy schools were found to be in poor conditions by the Education Ministry

The High court in Kampala has cleared the Ministry of Education’s decision to close 63 Bridge International Academies countrywide, this for operating in contravention of the law.

Justice Patricia Basaza today  dismissed with costs the case filed by Bridge against the Attorney General, saying that the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education made all necessary efforts to engage the applicant to remedy the inadequacies in its operation but Bridge did not take the requisite action.

The Judge also noted that it is not in dispute that none of the Bridge Academies has been registered nor fully licensed by Ministry of Education to operate.

This implied that the applicant was not only heard by the Ministry but  indeed given time to remedy the inadequacies of its operations.

Basing on  the  Education inspection report by Ministry of Education, court found that  there was inadequacy of water, dysfunctional hand washing facilities and in some schools generally not sound sanitary conditions.

Bridge International Academies Ltd had dragged government to court seeking to quash the decision of Ministry of Education, dated July/25/2016 directing the closure of all the applicants academies in Uganda.

Bridge school management that runs 63 academies in several districts in Uganda with over  12000 pupils had accused the Ministry of condemning them unheard.


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