JUST IN: President Solih addresses AAA issues

President Solih meets with Addu City Council in 2018 | Photo: President's Office

Malé, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has made decisions regarding some of the issues of Asian Academy of Aeronautics (AAA).

The President has ordered to,

  • Investigate the Head of Pilot training and the accountable manager as per the problems noted in the audit by the Civil Aviation Authority.
  • Investigate the Civil Aviation Authority for neglect, due to the delay in solving the AAA issues through an independent commission.
  • Transfer the student loans taken from Bank of Maldives to Ministry of Higher Education due to increasing interests.

In the series of problems at AAA, most recently, the flight school engineers resigned this month while instructors held a strike last month due to unpaid wages.

In addition to staff, the students studying in AAA have also expressed their concern about to the lack of equipment and materials in the school since the last six months, in the statement released by the student union condemning the government and parliament.

The student union calls out various government authorities and the parliament for their inaction. The Gender Ministry has been informed of the flying school harassing its students 3 months ago with no action being taken. While Education Minister Dr. Ibrahim Hassan has promised that AAA students will be provided the opportunity to continue their education abroad, Transport Minister Aishath Nahula pledged to take action against the school for negligence towards the students, with no action being taken since by either ministry. Similarly, the parliament simply released a report on the problems faced with no follow up action.

AAA has been facing a series of problems for over a year. While government and parliament made promises to solve these issues, there has been no actionable solutions.