Maldives needs another flying school: MOHE

Higher Education Minister, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan
The Higher Education Minister, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan. | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives – The Higher Education Minister of Maldives, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan has said that Maldives needs another flying school in the country.

While Maldives has only one flying school at present in the southernmost atoll, Addu City, this flying school has recently been appearing in several headlines after the school terminated over 15 students without prior warning and had also directly violated the notice of several higher authorities, among other gross violations of student rights over the years.

Due to the complains against the school, Minister Hassan said that having another flying school in the country would help reduce these problems as it would bring competition among the schools and thus providing better opportunities for the aviation students.

Maldives does require (the establishment of) another flying school.

Higher Education Minister of Maldives, Dr. Ibrahim Hassan stated.

Minister Hassan further noted that all the issues raised against the flying school should be assessed by the Civil Aviation Authority along with the decisions that took during the past months to confirm whether they are appropriate.

Commonly referred to as the Asian Academy of Aeronautics (AAA), the flying school located in the Gan International Airport of Addu City started acting in bad faith towards the students more rigorously following a notice by the Ministry of Higher Education of the Maldives, which stated that the school will take action against them, along with instructions on to improve the situation for the students.

However, not only has the school failed to comply within the working 20 days, which was the period allocated for them, but has started doubling down on the grievances put on students, of which the latest is the recent termination of 15 students.

Rearding this matter, the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Maldives, Aishath Nahula vowed to take action against the Academy after the 15 students were terminated.

The Asian Academy of Aeronautics, is run by a Sri Lankan party, in Gan, Addu City of Maldives. It was founded in 2008 in Sri Lanka and opened its doors in 2010 as the first flight school to operate in Maldives.