The government has mandated that O Level students must now sit for examinations in four compulsory subjects, with the associated costs covered entirely by the government. The Ministry of Education outlined this new arrangement in a circular distributed to schools across the nation.
The circular clarified that students undertaking the O Level examination are now obligated to participate in four compulsory subjects, with the government bearing the financial burden of examination fees. The mandatory subjects include Islamic Studies, Dhivehi Language, English Language, and Mathematics. O Level students will be required to undergo a total of five exams, while students in the B.Tech program will also need to sit for exams in Islam, Dhivehi, English, and Mathematics.
The Ministry of Education emphasized that this decision aims to ensure that every student graduating from schools in the Maldives attains the requisite level of education. Notably, under the previous system, Grade 10 students were required to personally cover the costs of subjects in which they failed during the mock examination, while the government covered expenses for subjects successfully passed.
This new directive not only alleviates financial burdens on students but also underscores the government’s commitment to fostering a robust educational environment. By subsidizing the examination costs for essential subjects, the government seeks to enhance educational accessibility and promote academic success among O Level students.