Teachers, parents and 1000 children at Nabagereka Primary School in Kampala, Uganda have seen their school demolished by a property developer who claims to have bought the lease on the land. The school was cordoned off by police on Friday morning at 5am and the teachers told to remove their property. Then it was razed to the ground by the developer, meaning there is nowhere for the children to go when the new term starts next week. The school has been on the site for the last 40 years.

This is the second such story in so many weeks. Last week, primary aged children were teargassed as they protested against the seizure of their school playground by a property developer in Nairobi, Kenya.

Both these cases reflect the logic of free market 'development', which is being forced on so many countries in the global South by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, aided by corrupt local elites. While they weep crocodile tears over the failure to get all children into school, meanwhile blaming the teachers for not working hard enough, the overriding concern of international finance institutions is to ensure that business is free from restrictions - in this case the education ministry was apparently unable to stop the businessman from destroying the school.

In other news from  Uganda, teachers have put the government on 90 days notice to come across with the money promised them at the end of their last strike in 2013. Ugandan teachers earn little more than $100 a month but as a result of the 2013 struggle, they were promised a small grant to enhance their salaries. However the teachers union UNATU says that the money is being diverted away from the teachers. Teachers leaders gathered at the offices of the higher education minister at the end of last week to present a petition calling for the money to be made available. If the government does not comply in a timely fashion, the teachers will start an all out strike.