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Morocco: upsurge in education sector due to failure of reforms and rejection of normalization agreements

The education sector in Morocco is witnessing an escalating turmoil, whether it is related to the problems that plague the educational system and the growing failure to achieve reform projects, or in terms of rejecting what the Makhzen system is offering to involve higher education institutions in the forums of normalization with the Zionist entity under the names of “academic and research partnership.”

In light of the failure of the educational system in Morocco on several levels, whether human resources or educational programmes, the Syndicate of Education Inspectors in the Kingdom affirmed that it is “impossible to achieve a deep reform of the system at the hands of those who have accumulated successive experiences of catastrophic failure.”

The union added, in a statement, that “as a result of the measure with the same people, tools and mentalities, in the absence of any accountability or linking responsibility to accountability against constitutional principles and reports of national institutions,” it is not possible in any way to reform the Moroccan educational system.

Syndicate members also criticized what they described as “the growing failure to achieve convergence between reform projects,” explaining the matter as “resistance of officials within the ministry to integrate the contents of the new development model in the education and training sector.”

In this regard, they denounced “the attempt to hide the real crisis situation of the system, by adopting a media policy based on exaggeration and review, and creating a useless competition at the level of regional directorates, regional academies and the central services of the ministry.”

In its statement, the union also raised the issue of “the lack of transparency and equal opportunities in the processes associated with assigning responsibilities within the education and training sector,” noting that the sector was flooded with officials who were unable “to keep pace with the challenges of reform and developing the performance of institutions, and thus missed the opportunity to strengthen the educational system’s administrative system with real competencies.”

The statement of the Union of Education Inspectors in Morocco indicated that the concerned ministry is still moving amid “the absence of a line organizing its strategies, in managing the sector,” noting that this is related to several levels, starting with human resources and basic training, passing through evaluation, exams, programs, curricula, educational support, and primary education, leading to inclusive education and continuous training.

On the other hand, and in the context of the simmering tension in the sector, the involvement of higher education institutions in the forums to formally and publicly normalize relations between the Moroccan Makhzen regime and the Zionist entity, under the pretext of “academic and research partnership,” led to the uprising of the Moroccan Syndicate for Higher Education and Scientific Research, which denounced this.

The National Office of the Syndicate said in a statement that what resulted from “the well-known reception (in reference to the Moroccan Minister of Higher Education’s reception of his Zionist counterpart) means nothing, and does not represent the professors and researchers, whom we call on the occasion with their pedagogical and scientific bodies to confront all the activities and normalization initiatives that target infiltrating the Moroccan university and higher education institutions, desecrating its campuses, and polluting its reputation, with the aim of undermining its steadfastness and breaking its historical immunity,” stressing that “the Palestinian cause will remain alive in the conscience of the university, academics and all Moroccans.”

“The Moroccan Syndicate for Higher Education and Scientific Research, with all its local, regional and national bodies, will remain faithful to its resistance line, and in a state of vigilance and readiness to download all the axes of its upward struggle scheme,” calling for “a change of the dialogue’s methodology, horizon and content, on the basis of positive accumulation and qualitative proposals created by the union of the Moroccan Higher Education and Scientific Research in order to get out of the dead end and overcome the reductionist approaches to the issues of the national demand file, in fulfillment of its well-established principles in defending the rights and dignity of professors and researchers, and fortifying the Moroccan public university and the system of higher education and scientific research.”

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