24 February 2009

STOP the STRIKES ....or get ready to kick the bucket.

I hope the cartoon itself made the point very clear.

Believing the reality happens to be the last thing that we'd prefer to do. This is the case with our economy right now. According to finance sector of our country, we spend 65% of recurrent expenses to the pay bill or paying the salary of the civil servants.

Our economy is in a bad state due to a long mismanagement. I am not saying that Maumoon or anyone did it. That's not my point and I am not concerned now of who did it. The important point is that, the economy is in a bad shape now.

And we are making the situation even worse. I am of cause not an economist, yet as this is the place where I myself was also borne, at least I could say what I feel. After all they say there is freedom of expression. There are certain factors that we could suspect are going to be an alarm for a dark days ahead.

The country is undergoing one of the fastest and major changes this nation ever came across.

This (the changes) itself make this no good a time to play with our economy.

The world is facing an economic crunch which IMF expects to recover on as late as 2012.

The salary increments is given by the government twice in a short period of less than 20months.
Once again many, especially the "professionals" are demanding to get a salary increment. (Excuse me they were professional in their fields only!!!) This includes teachers (though a nut like me don't support much), doctors and lawyers.

We already have a burden of debt inherited by the former regime.

So. In this situation, with these factors in mind, is it really wise to demand for high salary? I don't think so. A friend of mine two days back told me. "Why should we teachers bother about the economy. Anni say economy is in good shape. So what the heck?"
True. But if we think so much narrow minded, I just have one question. If WE don't think about OUR country, OUR economy and OUR situations, are we expecting angels to come and fix this for us?

The stories can go so and on. But, mere talking wont help us. We need to take certain actions before we realize that we are making our country into another Zimbabwe.

How about taking few steps like this.

1. A reduction in the salary of MP's and ministers who I believe happened to be beginner of this high salary scenario.

2. The government needs to tell the truth and make the people aware of the situation. hehe Even yesterday President said the economy is in good shape. I wish it is!

3. The opposition needs to be more responsible. Just trying to pressure the present government by asking the civil servant to demand more increment will be simply sinking the boat that you also need to cross the river tomorrow.

4. WE need to keep out selfishness for a moment at least. Yes. Even I'd love to see teachers get a MRF13000. per month. Then life will be easier for me too.

5. The media must put a clear campaign to make people more aware of what's going on and encourage savings. If people really understand that a sudden increase in salaries at such a level will immediately push the prices up thus end us in a worse situation than now, maybe the problems will be lesser.

If things goes like the way it is going now, yesterday it was lawyers, today lecturers and doctors, tomorrow teachers and nurses. Are we going to stop our economic machines just for the sake of a political reason or just for the sake of a little salary increment? At the end of the day, its not just some one who is going to have to pay the price. Everyone will be effected and that includes you and me. So we better stop playing foolish games or get ready to end in an unimaginable future.

cartoon from: www.CartoonStock.com

22 February 2009

What I dont like about Anni and his MDP

The topic itself maybe more than enough for some of you to label me as a Golhaa group member!! Let me put it in the most clear manner. I am neither a Golhabo nor a Ganjabo. hehe Hopefully its equal to me saying I am not a member of either MDP or DRP:)

This time I'd like to take my time to think of something that I don't like about Anni or his party MDP.

I'd call it DOUBLE TAPE WORDS. You may call it political tricks. Some may say it political weakness and so on.
Double Tape words are, for me the words whose meaning keeps on changing according to the situation. The rule of this is very simple. Whatever the opponents say, no matter how right it is, tends to be considered useless and baseless.

Here are few examples.

1. At first during the period of re writing the constitution, MDP first supported presidential system. Indeed there will be many who still remember the good comments Anni said about presidential system. Like a sunrise to a new day, everything was new just the other day because DRP supported it. Later on there seemed nothing so much bad as a presidential system of government.

2. The famous back door member or the valu dhorashi of the Majlis. They were labeled as traitors to the country who killed the democracy and hinder the CHANGE that was taking place. Oh my God. They became like angels from heaven when appointed by MDP president Anni.

3. The influence of president directly or indirectly to any election under any circumstance was told to us as a big crime when it comes to Maumoon. Is the story very different now? I think so.

Maybe three example is enough for me. There maybe some who'd like to share more such examples too. I wish to see a day when these parties and the party leaders use a dictionary that we also can see. Not a dictionary that gives them the desired meaning at the desired times. Or simply not a double tape dictionary.


18 February 2009

Maumoon's "Gold" toilet at last......

So at last the photo appeared on BBC website too. The world came to know this I guess. This photo is taken from BBC website and here is the link to the article.

16 February 2009

Private President.

Things seems to be changing a lot in our country. The president changed, ministers changed, ministries changed and a lot seems to be changing. It will not be an exaggeration for me to say that this is a very small country that's successfully bringing changes overnight, which some large and more developed counties took years or decades to bring. That sounds great!! Isn't it???

Here one of the big change that we often hear now a days is privatizing. Privatization, as far as I know is for the government to give away control of a nay particular organization and give it to the private people to run and manage. If to be very clear, it is,changing something from state to private ownership or control.(1)

We already heard about privatizing some major companies like MIFCO, MWSP, STELCo, MNSL. That's interesting. Indeed I thinks its a very good idea which has sound reasons to it in terms of our economy as well. Today, once again we heard of another privatization package. The privatization package for schools of Maldives too will be a good idea, yet we need to keep few things in mind.


2. Private sector will operate on a profit oriented basis.

3. We bring 101 A's and 4500 U's for our O Level results. Yes privatizing means efficiency yet, it also means large drop out population from the school system.

4. There is no better alternatives, at least for the time being.

I really have nothing against this government, yet at the same time I really doubt about our education ministers credibility. Not all Maldivians can send their kids to these private schools. The argument then will be that the government will fund for those kids. God bless such a government. But can the government make them study. If not are we ending in the same vicious cycle of government spending without any results???? I think so.

If the minister and the ministry is so concerned about quality of education, why not open an opportunity for at least one vocational school whether it be a private or public to cater the kids who are not very good in studies, yet very much talented? If we privatise the schools like this, without another contingency plan to cater students who can not reach high performance in studying, privatising simply wont bring the fruit that we wont. Maybe all that we'd then be doing is to make some already rich people to richer.

Rather than doing that and killing the already struggling education system, maybe its high time that we realise that privatization though good in itself, can even make the situation worse.
In this case, if we still wont to go ahead with privatizing, maybe it'd be very nice to bring one of these privatizations.
- We don't fight wars. How about privatizing MNDF? Indian government sure would love to give us a Billion dollars. hehe
- Privatize education ministry. Easy for all. Mandhu Ibra will be more than ready to bid.
- Privatise the presidents office and the preisdent. Oh Maumoon will run faster than a jet to bid at the hihest price.

Definition of privatizayion : http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/privatisation
Photo of Maumoon : http://www.maldiveschronicle.com/
photo of bids : www.op.gov.gy/dailyphoto/Bid-opening

11 February 2009

ADDU International School: Are You OK Dr. Musthofa???

According to Jazeera news paper, next week the government is going to open the opportunity to begin an international school in Addu.

As someone who was borne and brought up in Addu, I am glade that at least something is done in our Atoll. However, I am more concerned that we are moving one step backwards by opening an International school in Addu, given the present situation. I am saying this not just to say something. I do have reasons to believe this.

Before I come up with my argument, let me give a brief idea about school system in Addu right now.

Firstly this international school in anyhow will be opened in Hithadhoo. There are 3 secondary schools in Hithadhoo. Two are government and one private school which is no more in operations.

Muhibbudin School is the longest serving secondary school in an atoll which has a student capacity of nearly 900 in this year. The previously know Southern Secondary School which held "The Model School" position also accommodates nearly 200 students for higher secondary education. The school management has already "informally" signalled that it will be Muhibbuddin that turns international and it will happen soon.

Islamiyya School is the present "baakee school" according to many Adduans because only the students who fails in Muhibbudin School entrance exam will be sent there. Here there are nearly 550 students.

Addu Comprehensive School that operated is now closed and the building is no more in use since last year.

Now, lets talk about the International school. Oh my God, for heaven sake, Dr. Musthofa, if your going to do anything good to Addu why not do one of these two.

1. Leave the idea of making Muhibbudin School as the international school. (though it is said that the school is not decided yet, believe me its a public secret) Use the land and building of Addu Comprehensive School for the international school. Come on!! This is an MDP government and we are talking about a school of the MDP member and its parliament member Mohamed Aslam.

2.Turn the wasteful competition between Muhibbuddin School and Islamiyya School to a productive cooperation. This can easily be done by mixing the students of Islamiyya School and Muhibbuddin School.
It could be done in three ways.

a- Mix the students of Islamiyya and Muhibbuddin EQUALLY, rather than sending the ""CREAM" to Muhibbudin School as a principal once described.
b- Divide the two school on the basis of gender. A boys school and a girls school as in Male'
c- Dive the students of the basis of streams that they study. ie; A business stream school and a science stream school.

If the things go otherwise, of cause I cant stop, yet at least I will say "I don't like" just the way Dr. Musthofa said two long decades back when asked to become the headmaster of Seenu Atoll Education Center,SAEC.

Photo: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/186/434969127_0b40276052.jpg

09 February 2009

Can Bushry Escape with his CLub

Since I saw keyoniru I always tried to read any articles written by Mohamed Bushry. His articles I found as good, meaningful and productive. If anyone says Mohamed Bushry or mentions his blog Club Escape, the first thing that will come to mind maybe opposition or critics.

Things seems to be different now. Maybe a result of the newly elected Democratic government. It is true that the government of Mohamed Nasheed is and hopefully will do much better than that of the previous president Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom. But that really doesn't mean that we should keep silent about anything and everything that the governemnt do. It'd be like giving the same chance to Mr. Nasheed as we gave to Mr. Maumoon. Supporting the government need not necessarily mean that saying "YES SIR" to anything and everything that the government says. I see this YES SIR trend in Mr. Bushry's articles now.

I am not against Bushry. But just mentioned it simply because I very much like his articles but now feels that he is hesitating to write meaningful articles criticising the present government. http://clubescapemaldives.blogspot.com/2008/11/i-do-not-need-any-gratitude-not-form.html
I feels so because i also read the above article too.
In the end I am not saying that he is not writing anything. Most importantly, this is what i felt and what you feel may be different. And if someone feels that this government is so good that there is nothing to criticise, that will surely be the worst night mare for our infant democracy.
I just wonder if Bushry will escape with his club in the trend.

08 February 2009

President Nasheed's Madhiri Merun Cup 2009

Today I saw this article about a competition to kill rats in Bangladesh to fight the ever increasing population of rats in that country.

So I just wonder how will it be for us to carry out a competition to kill mosquitoes in our islands. Come on, this will be something worth trying. Surely our government can give a prize much better than a 14inch TV.

People say we have brought about a change to the government, so why not the government too brings a change like this? I guess this will be a good plan for President Nasheed to make us get rid of mosquitoes, plus probably a good idea for someone like Nasheed who is looking for an economic, yet productive change.

Photo:(Cartoon) dominicandreaming.blogspot.com
(Nasheedh) www.straitstimes.com

07 February 2009

International Schools or International fees?

Today another INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL is to begin. EPSS is going to become an international school. But what is this international schools all about???

For me, the international schools in Maldives means nothing more than schools with international fees.

International schools are schools that cater mainly to children who are not nationals of the host country, often the children of the staff of international businesses, international organizations, embassies, missions, or missionary programs. They are also often popular with local students who wish to improve their language skills. Often, international schools are private but public international schools exist.

I say so for few reasons.

1. These international schools are going to be giving international certificates. What about the poor schools of Maldives? Is the INTERNATIONAL GCSE not an international certificate?

2. The teachers are from other countries. Same is the case in most of the Maldivian schools.

3. They teach for an international syllabus. huh! What about the Cambridge syllabus that is used here?

4. Teaching will not be using the local mother tongue. We are not doing it here either!

6. The class rooms are air conditioned. If then we have international offices too..:)

7. The fees charged are as high as $250 per month. hmm This maybe where we are missing. Had we charged a high fee in all our schools, it's automatically turn into an international school.

The reality is that, the fees, the building the teachers(if not always in most cases), the language and how famous a school is... are simply no reason to better performance of students. Whether your in a local school or international school will not decide your quality. It may simply decide who much the parents have to spend as school fee.

05 February 2009

back on blogspot

Its almost two months since I last posted on blog spot. As now I am back in Male' I hope to start once again. So!!! I'm back on Blog spot.