Teachers 'disempowered' by highly-scripted lessons delivered on tablets

MPs raise concerns about teaching in Bridge International Academy's schools in Uganda.

 

A former schools minister has accused a controversial for-profit organisation of “disempowering teachers” by using highly-scripted lessons on tablets in schools in the developing world.

 

Bridge International Academies runs more than 500 nursery and primary schools in India, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Uganda, and its backers include venture capitalists and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

 

It uses smartphones and tablets to allow teachers to give identical, scripted lessons, with data being sent back to the US for analysis to ensure the teachers are turning up and delivering the classes, and to check how children are learning.

 

Earlier this year, Bridge’s co-founder Shannon May told Tes that schools minister Lord Nash last year invited her into the Department for Education to discuss its low-cost model.

 

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