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Maldives to fund undergraduate degrees for local students

14 November 2018, MVT 08:12
Graduates pictured during Villa College Graduation 2018. PHOTO/MIHAARU
14 November 2018, MVT 08:12

The 2019 State Budget will fund undergraduate degrees for all Maldivian students.

The 29.6 billion budget presented to the parliament on Tuesday, allocated MVR 50 million to pay for tuition fees.

State funding for the undergraduate degree of each student was included in the electoral pledges of President-Elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The 2019 State Budget also revealed that the amount set aside for this purpose would increase to MVR 175 million in the next two years.

An additional MVR 24.7 million has been allocated to finance the training of 60 doctors in addition to 25 specialist doctors.

MVR 40 million has been allocated to provide full scholarships to students who attain the top rank in the National Top Ten in the Advanced Level (A' level) examinations. These students achieve five 'A*' grades.

In total, the Ministry of Education has been allocated more than MVR 3 billion for the upcoming year.

At a speech given in Dhidhdhoo of Haa Alif Atoll during his campaign trail, Solih also pledged to establish boarding schools in several regions and establish junior colleges in each atoll, in addition to increasing salaries for teachers.

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