It was recently declared by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih that pay for school employees would be raised.
In a video message to celebrate the raise in salaries for teachers, principals, and other education sector workers, the President of the Maldives hoped that this would lead to a good shift in the framework. In the new structure, salaries have more than doubled.
Employees in the education industry have long been underpaid relative to the amount of effort they put in. In a variety of ways, this fear has been conveyed.
During his speech, the President praised education’s role in helping to produce a better generation, which is a top priority for the administration. According to him, this effort isn’t done just for the sake of financial gain.
“With the grace of Allah, this pledge [Increasing teacher’s salaries] is fulfilled today. It gives me great pleasure to announce the change in salaries of teachers on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr and Labors’ Day today,” remarked the President.
“Teaching is a noble profession which is often undervalued. However, I hope that teachers will accept the changes brought to the salary framework of education sector employees within the government’s capacity.
Principals’ Salary Increase
From MVR 16,000 ($1035.87) to 30,000 ($1942.26), you fall into this category. Increased by a whopping 82%
Rank 2: between MVR 20,000 ($1294.84) and MVR 33,000 ($2136.48) (the midpoint). (An rise of 59%).
From 12,000 ($776.90) to 20,000 MVR ($1294.84), you’re in Rank 3. There has been a 38% rise
Salary for Deputy Principals
Rank 1: from MVR 13,000 ($841.64) to MVR 23,000 ($1489.06). (78 percent increase)
Rank 2: 21,000 ($1359.58) to 26,000 MVR ($1683.29). There was a 55% rise.
Teachers’ Payroll (of 6,185 teachers)
Rank 1: from MVR 10,000 ($647.42) to MVR 13,000 ($841.64). (22 percent increase)
Rank 2: 13,000 ($841.64) to 19,000 MVR ($1230.10). (An rise of 50%)
Rank 3: between MVR 15,000 ($971.13) and 20,000 ($1294.84). (An increase of 37%).
The education sector will get MVR 488 million from the state’s budget.
According to the President, any country’s ability to enhance its state’s capacity is dependent on the efficacy of its human resources. In the Maldives, teachers bear the brunt of human resource development, he added.
“However, teachers who fulfill this important responsibility have been paid farless than they deserve for their work,” said the President.
According to the President, raising teacher wages is an essential step toward strengthening the country. According to him, today’s adjustment in teacher compensation was primarily intended to ensure that instructors received a respectable take-home salary without the need for overtime.
“With this change, only salaries and allowances exceed far more in comparison to the previous take home pay including overtime. The new salary structure of teachers will guide the way forward in the teaching profession,” said the President.
Educators in the Maldives suffer an acute shortage of qualified individuals to fill open positions in their institutions. In addition, he noted that the new framework will serve as an additional incentive to work on the islands.
Research performed on teachers demonstrates that teachers’ only problem is not a lack of compensation. Other issues that came to light were a lack of time and resources, an increase in workload, and a lack of confidence in the protection of their rights. According to him, these concerns are being worked on.
“I hope that the positive results of these measures will be visible soon. It is my hope that such positive changes brought to the maldivian education sector will increase the number of locals interested in developing the sector,” said the President.