Education ministry on Tuesday falsified rumours that Professor Hassan Ugail has been barred from giving lectures in Maldivian schools.
Education ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mohamed Saeed told VNews that the ministry has not made such a decision or informed Ugail that he will not be able to give lectures in schools.
According to the ministry, school calendars are prepared well in advance and accommodating impromptu activities has always been a difficulty. The ministry also said that it cannot allow school calendars to be changed that way.
Despite the rumours and education ministry’s statements, Ugail is yet to comment on the matter.
Ugail, who has obtained PhD in applied mathematics, is based in the UK and is a professor of visual computing at University of Bradford.
He frequently visits Maldives, during which he often holds information sessions for students in various schools. He accepts invitations from schools across the country to share his knowledge and experience with the students – work he does for free.
Of late, Ugail has been indirectly criticizing Yameen administration’s policies, which some say is an indication of his plans to venture into politics.
Earlier this year he said in a tweet that dictators fall and the people’s power wins. Although what he was referring to was not clearly stated in the tweet, it came at a time of mounting political tension in the Maldives, and about a month after government took back an island leased to him by the Nasheed administration for research purposes.
Ugail had expressed worry over the abruptness of the move, which resulted in a huge loss for him as the project was a huge investment. Ugail’s family said government took the island back in violation of the agreement.