The Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI) has issued ten laptops to Iskandhar School teachers on installment basis.
Teachers are expected to pay for the laptops under a scheme where they pay an amount of MVR 100 (US$ 6.48) per month. No interest will be added to the price of the laptops, the MNCCI said.
At an event held to hand over the laptops on Thursday, MNCCI Vice President Ismail Asif said program is being conducted under the chamber’s corporate social responsibility program.
“We are looking into ways in which we can help various field. We are focusing on two fields this year. That is the health and education sectors,” Asif told local media.
In addition to issuing laptops, MNCCI has also supplied the school with equipment needed for their science laboratory.
The MNCCI said they will run similar programs for other schools in the future as much as their budget allowed.
More than MVR100,000 (US$6,485) has been raised from a music concert organised to provide financial assistance to a long-serving Sri Lankan music teacher at Iskandhar school.
The funds were raised by Iskandhar school to finance the cancer treatment of Visaka Pahathkumbura, who taught music at the school for 30 years and retired last December.
Deputy Principal Ahmed Mausoom told newspaper Haveeru last week that a total of MVR121,000 was raised from other fund raising activities and the music show, which was organised jointly by the school and its Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
The school’s principal and deputy president of the PTA left for Sri Lanka on Thursday to hand over the funds to ‘Visaka Miss.’
The Education Ministry has expressed concern over an article on a Maldivian news website that published the names and schools of four students it alleged had sex.
The website said that one of the students had become pregnant and aborted the child, and that the school had “taken action” against these students. The website blamed the Education Ministry’s “inadequate policies”.
Deputy Education Ministry Dr Abdulla Nazeer said the allegations were untrue, misleading, and extremely damaging to the students.
“Publishing these sorts of untrue stories about students hurts the reputation of the students, ruins their education, and amounts to psychological abuse,’’ Dr Nazeer said.
“No student in those schools have committed any such activities, and the accusations are totally untrue,’’ said Dr Nazeer. “We are concerned as this disrespects the rights of children. Parents have complained to the ministry about the article.’’