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CNTE warns of the growth of multinational education companies CNTE warns of the growth of multinational education companies

CNTE warns of the growth of multinational education companies
Last May 30, the doctoral student at the University of Alberta in Canada, Curtis Riep was arrested by the Ugandan police, under false allegations, while conducting a survey commissioned by the International Education (IE), on the impact of Bridge International Academies, according to information released by IE.
According to the organization, Bridge's practices are the target of criticism worldwide, as among other things, it hires unskilled personnel to deliver a standardized curriculum in inappropriate school facilities.
The Secretary of International Relations of the National Confederation of Education Workers (CNTE) and vice president of the International Education for Latin America (IEAL), Fátima Silva, points out that multinational education companies are growing. “More and more in the world and in Latin America and their methods are aggressive and have a strong articulation in the spaces of executive and legislative power. And this performance tends to be repeated in other parts of the world ”.
For CNTE's Union Training Secretary, Gilmar Soares, “the fact serves as a warning to Brazilian society, about the market's attacks on an essential service of the State and that the municipal, state governments and now the interim government of the Republic, give clear demonstrations of wanting to follow the path of privatization of the public school ”, he stressed.
In order to investigate the commodification and privatization of basic education in Brazil, CNTE is conducting a study on two fronts, the first coordinated by the Inter-Union Department of Parliamentary Advisory (DIAP), aimed at identifying and mapping the deputies and senators that have the theme of education among its priorities in the exercise of the mandate, classifying them by the type of interest it represents: public, private, profitable, private, non-profit (community, handmade, philanthropic). And another, coordinated by the economist, doctor in Social Policy and professor at the University of Brasília (UnB), Evilasio da Silva Salvador, which aims to identify, record and analyze the extent to which the privatization of basic education in the country is taking place.
CNTE will release the results of the research at its National Congress, which takes place in January 2017, in Brasília.
“Society must fight with all its might to prevent the privatization of public basic and higher education. Public Education is a universal condition for teaching and knowledge. And this must be guaranteed by the State ”, stressed Gilmar Soares.
Bridge International Academies is a franchise of low cost private schools operating in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. Activities are supported by international education company Pearson, billionaires Bill Gates and Mark Zucherberg, DfiD-UK and the World Bank, among others, according to IE.
In disavowal, IE sent a correspondence to Bridge on June 7, strongly condemning the franchise for its charges against the Canadian researcher and citizen. After a police investigation, Curtis Riep was declared free from all charges.