People have shown their disappointment in the ministry of education, due to their decision to prioritize students residing in Malé, for school placements.
In a circular sent to the schools by the ministry, it was stated that they would prioritize the students residing in Malé, according to their permanent address. The statement claims that this decision was made to give more students of the catchment area placements in the school. This ensures that these students get the chance to attend schools closer to their residence.
However, some people have started raising questions regarding the matter, and voicing their concerns on social media. They claim that implementing this rule would be partiality against students who are not permanent residents of Malé. They have stated, that this would be against the motto of an equal right to education.
Some are having issues with the fact that, regardless of being born and raised in Malé, they would not be able to get placements due to their permanent address not being in Malé.
One had questioned that, instead of making such rules, why not make more efforts to improve the quality of education in the islands. Then students would not have to move to an overcrowded Male’.
In a circular sent on the 26th of September, it was stated that the second priority would be given to the siblings of the students in the school. However, they also have to be from the same catchment area. Third priority is given to the children of the current teachers of the school, and anyone under their guardianship.
Placements were given according to the current address of students, before this announcement. However, people have often lied on forms to get their children into preferred schools, which has been a pressing concern for schools and the government.