Education ministry has announced plans to establish ten new schools in the Male’ region comprising of capital Male’ City, Vilimale’ and Hulhumale’.
The decision was reached after a report of the audit was conducted to identify the feasibility of establishing single session schools.
While there are currently 13 schools having two sessions in Male’, the biggest obstacle faced by the ministry in making the transition is the lack of classrooms needed to accommodate all the students.
Establishing single sessions in all schools was one of the pledges of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s first 100-days agenda.
Meanwhile 151 schools out of the 213 schools being operated in the country have only single sessions, and 62 schools have two sessions.
Speaking at the ceremony held at Muhyiddeen School to release the audit report on Tuesday night, education minister Dr. Aishath Ali said the assessment shows the lack of classrooms as the biggest obstacle to achieving the single-session goal planned by the government.
Building new classrooms in existing schools are not feasible, hence the plan to build ten new schools was reached, the minister explained.
According to the audit report, out of the 62 schools which needs to be transitioned to single sessions, 13 needs more than 10 classrooms, while 37 needs less than 10 classrooms to accommodate all the students. A total of 288 extra classrooms are needed for the transition. 10 additional schools, 47 science labs, 28 libraries, 42 audio-visual rooms, 22 staff rooms, and 57 kitchens are also needed according to the report.
The government has been working to improve the education sector in various ways, including allotting the biggest percentage of the budget for the education sector.
MVR 3.4 billion has been allotted for the education sector in the state budget, marking the first time such an amount has been allotted for the sector in the history of the country.