Education Minister Dr. Ismail Shafeeu, part of the new government, asserts a cautious approach to political involvement during his tenure. He emphasizes the importance of not being seen in inappropriate political contexts, stating, "Even if you are political, students and parents will not see me where I shouldn’t have to be seen and I will not say anything that doesn't have to be said."
In his exclusive interview with Mihaaru, Dr. Shafeeu emphasizes the role of the education minister as a role model for over 100,000 students and their parents, as well as 10,000 teachers. He advocates for political involvement within certain limits, acknowledging the need for balance.
Reflecting on past instances, including former Education Minister Aishath Ali's public criticism for active participation in political activities, Dr. Shafiu expresses a commitment to political engagement without compromising integrity. He draws a comparison to Dr. Aishath Shiham, a minister during President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's tenure, who he believes managed to be politically active while setting an example.
Dr. Shafiu outlines his policy, stating, "I will be political, but I will not say anything that will compromise my integrity in front of students, parents, and teachers. My main commitment is to be vigilant towards the system." He accentuated the responsibility of the Education Minister in maintaining integrity within the system.
While distinguishing non-political meetings and events attended by the president, Dr. Shafiu acknowledges potential party activities. However, he emphasizes that any involvement will be within defined limits, recognizing the substantial responsibility associated with the role of the Education Minister.