The government will subsidise examination fees and other school fees for all students pursuing higher secondary education in the Maldives, Education Minister Shifa Mohamed has announced.
At a press conference yesterday, Shifa explained that the government will completely cover school fees and examination fees for A’ Level students at private schools.
According to the Education Ministry, over 1,400 students passed five O’ Level subjects last year while 75o students from schools in Male’ passed with high enough grades to pursue higher secondary education.
An agreement has been signed between the government and Villa Education Services Private Limited (VES) for the development and management of a higher education institution at the Centre for Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) Annex.
The agreement was signed yesterday at the President’s Office by Minister of Education Dr Musthafa Luthfee on behalf of the government, and Dr Ahmed Anwar on behalf of VES.
President Mohamed Nasheed said VES was selected after considering all proposals submitted in response to the government’s requests in June 2009 for Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives for the education sector.
He added that this proved that local business could compete with international companies and win bids under the PPP initiative.
President Nasheed said the government’s aim was to improve the quality of education in the Maldives.
The agreement states that a new higher secondary institution named Villa International High School (VIHS) will be established and managed by VES.
VES must ensure the school caters for at least 800 higher secondary students in a period of three years, while progressively increasing the number of places for courses.