Islam and Dhivehi to remain mandatory at A’Level

Dhivehi and Islam will remain mandatory subjects at A’Level despite earlier plans by the Education Ministry’s steering committee to make them optional.

Controversy over the proposal led for condemnation of former Education Ministry Dr Mustafa Luthfy by religious groups and calls for his dismissal by the opposition last year.

A’Level students typically study between four to five subjects. Some university prerequisites demand as many as 3-4 subjects, particularly for university-level science courses. Luthfy had suggested that making the subjects optional would give A’Level students greater ability to pursue careers of their choosing, and become “world citizens”.

However he was accused of undermining the cultural and religious foundations of the country by the Adhaalath Party, an MDP coalition partner that runs the Islamic Ministry.

Member of the Steering Committee Dr Naashia Mohamed told Haveeru that the committee voted in favour of the decision after reviewing the practice in other countries.

“In most Islamic countries, the Islamic studies subject is compulsory for the students. So we decided to keep the current policy, under which these two subjects are compulsory for all the students,” she told Haveeru.

Education Ministry’s decision to make Dhivehi language and Islamic studies optional at higher secondary level sparked a public controversy and condemnations by the opposition as well as the religious conservative Adaalat Party of the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) coalition government.


One thought on “Islam and Dhivehi to remain mandatory at A’Level”

  1. Dhivehi is in this for the ride.

    Making Islam mandatory is good. But why can't we teach it in English, just like any other? It would help students understand better, research faster, follow easier. After all we are talking about higher education, and we know the literature out there in English is by far richer than dhivehi.

    For dhivehi, I don't know why it needs to be shoved down the throats. Gr 10 is a very good level to keep mandatory. I have done over 60 interviews with job applicants, for a top organization, never once have I asked how much or how well they did in dhivehi. Since most business aspects in Maldives is related to international interactions, I don't expect a high qualification in dhivehi.

    I think education ministry is too weak and just fell over due to pressure. I was told they themselves do not believe this decision.


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