The Parliamentary Committee on National Development and Heritage has summoned Minister of Higher Education, Dr Ibrahim Hassan, and Minister of Transport, Aishath Nahula, to discuss the situation at the Asian Academy of Aeronautics (AAA) flying school in Addu City.
This follows the parliamentary committee’s visit to the AAA in December 2020, during which members met with the school’s administration and students to investigate complaints raised by students. Following the visit to the academy, the committee discovered several shortcomings, which were compiled into a report.
Minister of Higher Education Dr. Ibrahim Hassan stated during the meeting that he had previously contacted the Attorney General (AG) about the state giving compensation for students. However, the AG advised students to bring civil actions.
Furthermore, Minister Hassan stated that though the Ministry considered transferring existing students to flight schools in Malaysia and Barcelona, it was not feasible due to AAA’s lack of IASA approval. According to the Finance Ministry, a minimum of MVR 320 million will be necessary to complete the courses of the present 175 pupils.
Speaking to the Parliament Heritage Subcommittee, Deputy Minister of Transport Ministry Hamadh Abdul Ghanee stated that if the AAA is negligent, they must compensate. He also stated that the AG has been kept up to date on the matter and would advise on the next steps. In addition, he stated that they have requested a financial audit of AAA from the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) to better understand the school’s financial situation.
Since May 11, 2021, all operations at the AAA flying school have been ceased, with no operational aircrafts. In addition, several AAA employees have quit and returned to their native countries due to salary concerns.