Education in Maldives

Maldives’ education sector plan (ESP) for 2018-22 is a result of comprehensive education sector analysis and consultative work led by the country’s Ministry of Education (MoE). It is the first time that the MoE has developed a comprehensive sector analysis and education plan since 1995.

The education plan has 4 goals:

  1. Improved learning for all, through equitable access to quality education
  2. Skilled youth and adults for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship
  3. Ensure equitable access to lifelong, affordable and quality higher education for all
  4. System strengthening for efficiency and quality schools for all.

The ESP covers all key sub-sectors of education including early childhood education, primary and secondary education, higher education and technical and vocational education and training. The monitoring and evaluation framework detailed in the ESP emphasizes the need to develop a number of analytical work using robust data, learning measurements and evaluations. 

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June 10, 2019
GPE will support the government of the Maldives to ensure all children get the schooling they need and deserve to tap their full potential.

Latest grant

In 2017, the Global Partnership for Education Secretariat approved US$500,000 for Maldives. The grant helped the country conduct a comprehensive sector analysis as well as develop the education sector plan based on the GPE/IIEP guidelines, which help with evidence-based planning and implementation.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Sector plan development 2017 500,000 N/A UNICEF  
  TOTAL 500,000 N/A    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in the Maldives. For detailed results from GPE funding, please look for progress reports in the grants section.


Primary completion rate (%)

Lower secondary completion rate

Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age

Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age

Pre-primary gross enrollment rate

Gender parity index for out-of-school rate – Primary and lower secondary

Public expenditure on education as share of GDP (%)

Students/trained teacher ratio

Teachers trained (%)

Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.

Last updated June 10, 2019