Flying school issues: Parliament committee visits Addu

Training plane owned by the flying school in Addu City | Photo: maldivesindependent

Addu City, Maldives – The members of Parliament Committee on National Development And Heritage of Maldives visits the southernmost atoll, Addu City to solve the multiple issues that are being faced by the students of Addu flying school run by Asian Academy of Aeronautics (AAA).

The Parliament’s Director of Media and Communication, Hassan Ziyau informed local media outlet “AdduLive” that the Parliament Committee visited Addu City to discuss about how the issues that are being faced by the students of the Flying School can be solved at the earliest.

Ziyau mentioned that during this trip, the Committee members will be meeting all relevant authorities to help a solution for all the problems that have risen over the past months.

They will be attending meetings today and tomorrow and are scheduled to fly back on the day after tomorrow.

Ziyau informed.

Over the past months, several complaints from the students of the Flying School have caught the attention of many people through social media.

Some of the issues faced by the students include of having their courses extended to more than four years for local students although it should be completed within 18 months. This is because the school has not conducted the required classes on time, and hence the extensions have caused extensive financial strain on students.

In addition to this, several complaints have also risen saying that the school does not conduct essential training and terminate students without valid reasons.

This is why, Several high ranking government officials, including MP Rozaina Adam, The Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Maldives Aishath Nahula, Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer and most recently, Vice President Faisal Naseem calling for or promised to bring meaningful change for students at the school. However, no specific actions have been taken by the government yet.

The school is also currently under investigation by Maldives Police Service (MPS) after Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) submitted AAA’s case to both the MPS and the Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA) on December 7th as the school demands that students pay their fees in US Dollars, which is a violation of monetary regulations.