Vice President Faisal Naseem has remarked that the provision of quality education requires that educational institutes are headed by capable principals.
He made the remark on Thursday night during a special ceremony held to present letters of appointment to principals of the first batch of the ‘Principals' Scholarship Scheme’ launched by the administration last year to address the shortage of trained local principals and ensure the continuous professional development of principals leading schools across the country.
Speaking at the ceremony, VP Faisal underscored the scheme to be the first of its kind for train principals in recent history.
He also stressed the administration has carried out more effort in the past four years than ever before n to the development of the education sector and strengthening the quality of education, primarily through developing infrastructure and training human resources.
VP Faisal said quality education can only be provided to students during their school days if principals appointed to head the schools are capable. In this regard, he expressed hope that the principals who receive training under the scholarship scheme apply their knowledge to manage the schools to their best capacity.
“Efforts undertaken for national development will never stop. Additional 10 scholarships to train principals will be announced very soon,” he revealed.
Speaking further, VP Faisal, pointing out the successes Maldivian education sector achieved during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Maldives had been the most successful in this trajectory within this region.
Education Minister Dr. Aishath Ali, who also attended and spoke at the ceremony, remarked the school’s top officials are individuals capable of bringing positive and beneficial changes to the students’ education. Apart from teachers, she stressed that the most positive and beneficial changes to the students’ education can be brought by the ones running the schools.
During Thursday night’s ceremony – VP Faisal letters of appointment to 17 principals who had completed their ‘Masters of Educational Management’ program at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The second batch of 18 principals of the three-year scholarship scheme will commence their ‘Masters of Educational Management’ program this year. They were presented their award letters during last year's March.
The program seeks to train local principals to lead government-run schools nationwide. All expenses for the education of scholarship recipients will be borne by the government.