Uganda Seeks to Bar an Academic Institution Backed by Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates
The government of Uganda is moving to shut down Bridge International Academies over allegations of its education system. Billionaires Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have invested millions into the academic institution.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder and CEO, and Bill Gates, World renowned Microsoft Guru and co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have both invested millions into the Bridge International Academies.
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The Ugandan government in a statement said that the institution not only showed poor performance in its health sector but also taught children homosexuality, a great taboo in the region.
Early in the month of November, the high court had ordered for the closure of over 60 academic institutions in the country, according to a report by the East Africa Monitor.
"The institutions are not licensed properly," read a statement by the court. "They provide unsanitary services and the teachers are not certified to teach."
During a graduation ceremony at the Martyr's University in Uganda, Matia Kasiaja, finance, planning, and economic minister, made his opinion known in regard to the incident.
He was quoted accusing the institutions of "teaching pornography" and "conveying the gospel of homosexuality."
"This moral decay cannot be tolerated," Kasiaja said. "Why teaching pornography in Bridge schools?"
The early attempt to shut down the over 60 schools in the region was, however, short-lived after they were allowed to operate until Nov. 8, when the next hearing is scheduled to occur.
The institution that educates over 10,000 students at what has been considered to be a very competitive fee has its main headquarters in Kenya.
In a written statement issued by the institution, the officials said that everything ranging from the education standards to the sanitation of the institution was up to the expected standards if not better.