'Beyond justification': teachers decry UK backing for private schools in Africa

A row over the future of low-cost private schools in Africa has escalated after one school company, backed by the UK government, was accused of intimidating its critics.

 

Bridge International Academies, which runs more than 500 primary and nursery schools in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Libya, as well as India, has high-profile backers including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

 

Education International (EI), a federation representing 32 million teachers and support staff, expressed “deep concern” over legal action by BIA against Kenya’s national teaching union, claiming it was an “increasingly desperate” attempt to silence critics. In a letter to the Department for International Development (DfID), EI said the UK government’s ongoing support for BIA is “beyond justification”.

 

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