Framework for teacher evaluation introduced

The Ministry of Education has introduced a technical framework for the evaluation of teachers, local media has reported.

“We created this criterion after observing how it is done in other countries, the status of teaching staff currently working in the Maldives and after having considered the things society accepted as which should be stated on the teacher’s work contract,” Sun Online quoted State Minister for Education Adam Shareef Umar as saying.

“Teachers will be able to identify what they can do to improve themselves in the light of this criterion,” he said, speaking at a ceremony held in the ministry yesterday (February 24).

Earlier yesterday, Education Minister Dr Aishath Shiham expressed satisfaction with her ministry’s efforts during the government’s first 100 days.

Although Dr Shiham noted that work is in progress with regards to increasing allowances for teachers, the Teachers Association said the it had no knowledge of such efforts, and was still awaiting an opportunity to meet with ministry heads with regards to pay discrepancies.

“The government have started some things within this period, and they maybe important things and good policies. But it is more important to fix the existing loopholes in the education system,” said association President Athif Abdul Hakeem.

He said the association was continuing to plan nation-wide strikes in relation to the issue.


Minister assures improvements in education sector with new academic year

The Academic year 2014 began today as the Education Ministry promised improvement in students’ performance with the implementation of their first-hundred day road map.

“As they [hundred day plans] are implemented students will improve a lot. education sector will improve a lot. Therefore I request those who work in the education sector and parents to work with us in implementing them,” Minister of Education Dr Aishath Shiham said in a speech delivered to mark the beginning of the 2014 academic year.

She said the government’s education policy is to provide value based education for a civilized society, and pledged not to leave behind any child in this effort. She also called for a student centered approach in implementing education policies.

Vnews has reported that the ministry has assigned ninety five percent of teachers for 214 schools around the country and eighty percent of repair work at schools has also been completed.

According to the news agency, a record 830 students – twice the usual number- from various islands have been transferred to schools in the capital Male’ this year, under the ministry’s policy to grant transfer permission for all requests.

The Commissioner of Police Hussein Waheed has also issued a statement on the occasion, where he highlighted that the Maldives Police Service has initiated programs to sustain good behavior and discipline among students.

Waheed said that Maldives’ Police officers “will remain as role models guiding students to the right path” and that it would be a pleasure to provide any service necessary for the safety and security of students.