Maldivian government gives USD 200,000 to Addu Flying School

Aircraft used for training at the Asian Academy of Aeronautics (AAA) | Photo: AAA

Addu City, Maldives – The government of Maldives has agreed to exchange money worth USD 200,000 from Maldivian Rufiyaa to US Dollars, for the Asian Academy of Aeronautics, which is currently operating the Flying School in Addu City.

According to a trusted source of ‘The Times of Addu’, it has been revealed that the exchange was approved during the past week, to be used for various school related purposes. While this is so, most of the planes used by the flying school are still grounded, as the courses of the students remain halted, and their licenses in limbo.

Despite multiple complaints by various students and student bodies of the institution on different occasions, the government is yet to provide an adequate solution to the several year long struggle of these students, who according to authorities, have been faced with physical, psychological and financial abuse due to the school.

In the most recent ploy by the school, a local student of AAA was accused of murder by the Head of Training at the institution, Captain Suranjan de Silva, via an email copied to the Ministry of Higher Education. Despite this, no comments have been made by any of the government authorities, while the AAA Student Union have released a statement condemning the actions of the school, and branding the murder accusation as baseless and false.

While many have raised concern over the inaction of the authorities with regards to this matter, the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation has also filed a case with the Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services regarding harassment faced by the students of AAA at the hands of Captain Suranjan. However, one month on, not much progress has been seen with regards to the case either.

As students await for a proper and permanent solution to their unending dilemmas with the school, the government of Maldives is currently in discussion with AAA to extend their ongoing agreement which is set to expire by 31st of July.