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Education Ministry's Permanent Secretary suspended

Ahmed Aiham
27 January 2019, MVT 13:11
The recently suspended Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education Mohamed Saeed. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
27 January 2019, MVT 13:11

Ministry of Education's Permanent Secretary Mohamed Saeed has been suspended in relation to an investigation conducted by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

In an interview with local media Mihaaru on Saturday, the Commission's Secretary General stated that Saeed was suspended for a duration of one month, in reference to the Civil Service Act.

CSC did not reveal any details regarding the case.

Permanent Secretaries are the senior-most representatives of the Commission at Government Ministries.

Saeed was appointed the position during former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's administration, on November 9, 2017. Formerly, Saeed held the positon of Director General at the Education Ministry.

While the Permanent Secretary was suspended, the former administration had taken disciplinary action against school teachers over alleged involvement in political activities conducted by the then opposition coalition.

Due to an amendment to the Act ratified on July 21, 2016, Permanent Secretaries can only be appointed under the instruction of the relevant Minister. The amendment was submitted to Parliament by Dhidhdhoo MP Abdul Latheef Mohamed, who at the time was a member of Progressive Party of Maldives.

The then opposition coalition was against the amendment.

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