Opinion

Navigating the rights and responsibilities in the growing role of private actors in education

Private schools no longer cater just for the rich but for poorer people too

16 June 2019 - 00:07 By DANIEL LINDE and RUBEENA PARKER

In 2015, parents accused Curro's Roodeplaat school, north of Pretoria, of dividing children into classrooms along racial lines. An investigation by the Gauteng department of education found the accusation to be true, and Curro apologised. Despite this, allegations of segregation and racism have since occurred at other Curro-owned independent schools.

In 2016 in Uganda, the education ministry ordered the closure of more than 60 schools operated by Bridge International Academies, a global chain of low-fee private schools with origins in Kenya. The ministry claims that Bridge failed to comply with curriculum standards, hired unqualified teachers in its schools and provided unsanitary spaces for learning and teaching...

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