MoHE files AAA’s case with MMA and Police

AAA flights at Gan International Airport | Photo: AAA

Addu City, Maldives – The Ministry of Higher Education has filed a complaint with the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) and the Maldives Police Service regarding the Asian Academy of Aeronautics (AAA) demanding that students pay their fees in US Dollars, which is a violation of the monetary regulations.

Local news outlet “RajjeMV” reported that an official from the Ministry of Higher Education confirmed that the issue had been submitted to Police, after constant complaints by multiple students that the Flying school is only accepting course fees in USD.

The official added that they received affirmation from the police that this matter would be investigated thoroughly .

The school has made headlines before, as the Student’s Union of the school have filed multiple complaints with the Ministry of Higher Education and Maldives Civil Aviation Authority, due to unfair terminations and alleged discrimination.

The school 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.

They also disregarded the MoHE request to not accept any new students until currently enrolled students finish their courses and announced courses for 2021 and opened enrollment for these. There are apparently 40 students currently studying the announced Multi Engine Rating course, with only 1 airworthy plane available to them.

The Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Maldives Aishath Nahula has previously vowed to take action against Academy after 15 students were terminated.