Parliament votes in favor of compensating flying school students

Vice President Faisal Naseem meeting with students of the Asian Academy of Aeronautics (AAA) who raised the concerns of discrimination and mismanagement of the school | Photo: Presidents Office

Malé, Maldives – Parliament of Maldives has passed the report which mandates the Asian Academy of Aeronautics (AAA) to give compensation to the financial burdens faced by the students due to the flying schools neglect.

The report presented to the parliament floor by Parliamentary Committee on National Development and Heritage was passed during todays sitting with a total of 45 votes in favor of it.

The report mandates the government to take the financial compensation from AAA and to give to the students for neglecting their rights and for the financial burdens which they had to go through due to the mismanagement of the flying school. The report also states for the relevant authorities who were responsible for overseeing the school to be held accountable and the necessary authorities to take action against them.

In addition to this, the report also highlighted that a flying school which is open to both local and foreign students was important to the country in developing people and also for the county’s economy. The report had given the recommendation for the relevant authorities of the government to pave way for such a flying school to start as soon as possible in the country.

Some of the issues highlighted in the report detailed that the academy had many systematic issues with managing the educational establishment, due to which, many Maldivian students were unable to complete their studies in the promised timeframe, resulting in unnecessary expenses and losses faced by the students and their parents.

It was also reported that the school discriminated against local students in the school, and that instances of intimidation, harassment and unfair conduct was also identified.

In addition to this, it was stated that the school failed to follow through with the agreement made, and the information provided to the students during enrollment, which has caused the students to suffer adverse psychological and financial affects, for which the AAA must be held accountable for.

This report was compiled following the committee’s trip to the AAA, where the members met with the management and students of the school in order to look into the issues raised by the students, after months of complaints to numerous government organizations and officials.