Samprasad Selvanayagam- Ministry of Education, Maldives
Samprasad Selvanayagam, hailing from Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu, has been working as a
Science teacher with Ministry of Education, Maldives since 2013. After completing
graduation in Chemistry in 2004 and B.Ed in 2012, he found that teaching is his soul-
satisfying profession. After teaching early childhood kids, home tuition, enrichment classes
for public examination, and special classes for students to clear arrear papers, he moved to
the Maldives to work as a Chemistry teacher.
Reluctance to Study Science subjects
Samprasad Selvanayagam feels that such a saying is only a wrong perception from private
schools and pressure on the students to score well to highlight their institutions. It is the
duty of the teachers to make the students understand the importance of science in the
present technological world and get them geared up to compete with international students
in solving problems such as data science, renewable energy resources, and global warming.
Examination Oriented Curriculum
Samprasad Selvanayagam does not believe that MOE of Maldives is examination-oriented.
He points out that the MOE has its own curriculum to offer AFL method of teaching-learning
process to students from first to eighth grade where students are not encouraged to write
tests on papers. Google sheets are used wherein students observe and update the multiple
indicators for each objective. Beyond grade 9, students follow the IGCSE UK Cambridge
curriculum for which skilled and qualified teachers from India are recruited. The teachers
are assessed based on the success of O-level students.
On participation of girl students in STEM programs, he feels that women should get equal
opportunities in education as it is a violation of rights to prevent them from studying STEM
According to Samprasad Selvanayagam, an ideal Science department should be developed in
such a way that students get a positive outlook. It should have state-of-the-art laboratory
facilities and teachers should be well-trained and skilful. Scientific exposures on
environmental problems by way of symposia, debates and group discussions should be
conducted apart from field trips, quizzes, exhibitions, and science fairs.
Selvanayagam expresses that competitive exams will hugely help talented students to climb
the success ladder easily. But countries like India should have separate educational boards
for each state to conduct competitive exams based on its individual curriculum and not on a
CBSE based curriculum.
Selvanayagam points out that education is such a powerful weapon that it can change the
whole world. The challenge starts in the classrooms and educational system has to keep
pace with the fast-changing technology. The real challenge lies in accepting international
teaching methodologies and enriching knowledge of digital classroom.
Selvanayagam articulates that his success lies in the fact that he followed his passion and
has the confidence to believe that he can excel. He concludes by saying that teachers should
not teach only the textbook contents but should reach out to each student to understand
their feelings, uniqueness and emotions.
For more information, please visit:
Department of Higher Education
Velaanaage, 2 nd Floor, Ameer Ahmed Magu
Male’ Republic of Maldives
Reception: 3341461, 3341307