Minister of Education Aishath Ali has announced new changes to the eligibility criteria for Presidential Scholarships and Top Ten award after facing backlash from students.
In a tweet today, Minister Aishath Ali said students who participate in either exam series of Edexcel IAL, May/June or October/November, in the first sitting will be eligible for President Scholarships and National Top Ten. Moreover, she said schools will be collecting students’ opinions on their preferred exam series.
Education Ministry had previously informed students that their Oct/Nov 2021 exams were preponed to May/June exam series. In addition to this, students were given the option to opt out of May/June exams and participate in Oct/Nov exams instead, but at the expense of being eligible for the President Scholarships and National Top Ten award.
Former Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon criticized the ministry saying students have gone through a rough time in the past year and the ministry should empathize with their struggles instead of forcing students to sit in May/June exams.