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Pass Percentage in Maldives' GCE O Levels Continues to Decline

MALE — The overall pass percentage in the GCE O Levels for five subjects in the Maldives has been experiencing a concerning decline, according to data obtained from the Ministry of Education. The figures indicate a departure from the positive trend observed during former President Abdulla Yameen's tenure, raising questions about the quality of education under the current administration of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
TMJ has acquired data illustrating the progression of pass percentages in the GCE O Levels over the years. During President Yameen's term, the number of students successfully passing in five subjects showed consistent improvement. In 2013, the pass percentage was recorded at 49 percent, which rose to 52 percent in 2014 and further increased to 55.7 percent in 2015. By 2018, it reached approximately 70 percent, with a notable surge to 77 percent in 2017.
However, since President Solih assumed office, a downward trend has emerged, indicating a decline in the pass percentage. In 2019, it dropped to 68.3 percent, followed by a further decrease to 66.4 percent in 2020. The most recent data available for 2021 paints a concerning picture, revealing a pass percentage of only 52 percent.
Education Minister Dr. Aishath Ali addressed this worrisome trend during a parliamentary session, shedding light on factors that may contribute to the decline. Minister Ali stated that during President Yameen's administration, the pass percentage in five subjects included results from the B-Tech and Daswar streams. However, the current evaluation methodology considers one of the mandatory stream clauses in addition to Dhivehi language, Islam, English, and Accounts.
Acknowledging the need to address the issue of low pass percentages in English, Minister Ali highlighted ongoing efforts to improve English education and boost the pass percentage among students. Collaborative initiatives between the Ministry of Education and schools aim to enhance English language proficiency and subsequently improve performance in this subject.
While the declining pass percentages in the GCE O Levels are cause for concern, it is essential to note that President Solih's educational background has been subject to scrutiny since he assumed office. Critics argue that he is the least educated president the Maldives has seen since gaining independence. His struggles with effective communication in both English and Dhivehi, the local language, as well as difficulties in understanding basic economic concepts, have been widely observed.