The ministry of education signed management contracts with seven province offices yesterday to decentralise certain administrative functions of the ministry.
Minister of Education Musthafa Luthfy signed the contract on behalf of the Ministry and state ministers for each province signed on behalf of their province.
President Mohamed Nasheed said the government intended to eventually shift all the ministry’s powers and services to the province offices.
Dividing the Maldvies into seven provinces was one of the five election pledges Nasheed made in 2008, a move that has met with considerable controversy in parliament to the extent of stalling it completely in the closing sessions of its last sitting.
Independent MP Mohamed Nasheed said the government’s plan to “wipe out” the atolls from the Maldives by dividing them into provinces was against the law.
”The government is physically trying to re-distribute the country – it is not advisable,” Nasheed said.
Nasheed said the president could name ministries, provide offices and give them whatever powers he wished, but there were no provinces in the Maldives “according to the law.”
Furthermore, he claimed it was “not wise” for the president to beginning carrying out the work of decentralising the Maldives before parliament had approved it.
”We hope the next bill on decentralising the Maldives will include more compromise than the previous bill,” Nasheed added.