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Netherlands: MPs challenge funding of for-profit ‘shack’ schools

TWO MPs in the Netherlands have challenged Dutch state funding of private shack schools in Africa, global teaching union Education International (EI) reported on Tuesday.

Socialist Party MPs Harry Van Bommel and Jasper van Dijk have written to Foreign Trade and Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen about government funding of Bridge International Academies (BIA).

They asked for details of payments to the organisation through programmes such as the Dutch Good Growth Fund and the Massif Fund.

The MPs queried Ms Ploumen’s stance towards BIA after the Ugandan government closed down all 63 of its schools.

“Do you think it is justified to finance, directly or indirectly, for-profit education with public money?” they asked.

EI has exposed how BIA, bankrolled by the world’s richest man Bill Gates and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, runs sordid shack schools employing unqualified teachers giving scripted lessons.

Britain pulled out of funding BIA last year.


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