417 students receive higher education student loans

Maldivian graduates pictured during a convocation ceremony | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives – A total of 417 students received higher education student loans.

While 65 of these students will study Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), 17 students will become pilots.

The students that received students loans under the Higher Education Ministry’s Student Loan Scheme were announced today.

The Higher Education Ministry stated that the criteria for receiving the student loan includes favoring students who will have to study fewer years, students who have a higher academic merit score, and poor students who are registered under the people eligible for Fitr Zakat.

The Maldives government spends billions of money every year, to improve the future of students. Public schools and free vouchers along with free degree courses are are available to students. Students who achieve five A grades in Edexcel A level are also eligible for the Presidential Scholarship; the government will cover all the fees for the course chosen by the student, which can be done anywhere in the world.

Recently there has been much public discourse on the merit of student loans and higher education scholarships with some alleging that jobs are not guaranteed upon merit while others state that such opportunities are manipulated through corruption. However, every year thousands of students apply for higher education student loans.