11 Sep '18, 12pm

#HumanRights Theresa May 'must halt aid funding for failing private schools in Africa'

The UK’s continued funding of a controversial chain of private schools in Africa is a sign of the fundamental flaws in its new approach to international aid, anti-poverty campaigners have said. It comes a week after the Theresa May, the prime minister, signalled a major shift in that strategy during a trade delegation to South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, based around greater private sector involvement in UK aid spending. Global Justice Now has written to International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt on behalf of a range of groups to call on the UK to halt funding for Bridge International Academies, which runs over 500 private schools in India, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Uganda. Multiple failings The schools have been criticised for their poor teaching methods including the use of invariable, scripted lessons to be read out from tablets. The letter recounts a series o...

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