In Summary
  • Bridge International Academies have denied claims that its academies are only for the elite.
  • With one in four pupils in Africa expected to be educated in the private sector by 2021, BIA runs more than 500 primary and nursery schools in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Libya.

LONDON

Teachers unions and several non-governmental organisations in the United Kingdom will protest at the Department for International Development on Friday over the British government’s support for the Bridge International Academies (BIA) programme in Kenya.

They will also focus on British-owned multinational education and publishing company Pearson over support for privatised schools in Africa and Asia.

Last June, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child criticised DfID’s £3.5 million (Sh468 million) investment in BIA as the chain set up 250 schools in Nigeria.

Protests against BIA in Kenya by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) have since escalated.

SUBSTANDARD EDUCATION

“Rapid increase in the number of such schools may contribute to sub-standard education, less investment in free and quality public schools and deepened inequalities in the recipient countries, leaving behind children who cannot afford even low-fee schools,” said the UN committee statement.

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