The Maldives government has announced intentions to begin operations of satellite schools in January 2022, which will be created on islands with very small populations that do not have enough pupils to maintain a school.
Satellite schools are being built in Rakeedhoo and Thinadhoo in Vaavu Atoll, and Fehendhoo in Baa Atoll.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih stated the satellite schools in these three islands would commence operations for the second term of the current academic year, which begins on January 16, during a ceremony organised to reward the top achievers of the 2019 O’Level examinations.
President Solih further claimed that the creation of satellite schools will eliminate the need for pupils to travel to other islands on a daily basis to attend classes, noting that satellite school students will be taught by teachers at the satellite hub created at Huravee School in Male’.
The education ministry previously said that all islands with satellite schools would have a building where children could attend classes, with teachers assigned to each grade, and that extra-curricular activities would be coordinated with other schools.