University staff protest exclusion from education sector pay raise

University staff protest exclusion from pay raise | Photo: Alim Abdul Latheef/Sun

Malé, Maldives – The staff of Maldives National University (MNU) and Islamic University of Maldives (IUM) started silent protests today after being excluded from the education sector salary raises announced by the President on Labour Day.

The staff gathered together with banners for a silent protest that lasted 30 minutes today to protest for pay raises.

How do we survive on salaries set a decade ago.

Protesting lecturer Azeeza Afeef

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced pay structure raises for the education sector of the Maldives including teachers and civil staff on May 1. With the new pay structure, veteran teachers and school principals will now receive a salary of over MVR 20,000 and MVR 30,000 respectively while lecturers with Bachelor’s Degree qualifications earn MVR 13,000 and Master’s Degree earn MVR 18,000.

Don’t exclude us from the education sector.

Protesting University Staff

Speaking to local news Mihaaru regarding the issue, Minister of Finance Ibrahim Ameer has assured that a pay raise for lecturers will be implemented soon.