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Privatizing the public education in Morocco

Hajar Skifa

    Since 1956, the talk of education reform did not stop despite the succession of many projects, schemes and conventions that were adopted as attempts to reform the Moroccan educational system. But all these projects met failure, and our educational system is still being classified in the lower rates at the international level.

With all these circumstances, the higher council for education, training and scientific research has agreed lately on a draft opinion submitted by the previous government to abolish the universal right of free education. In this regard, the council referred this new policy to the pretext of improving the conditions of study and, therefore, displayed some irrational reasons to mislead the public opinion such as claiming that the new policy will only concern the wealthy families that are capable of paying the education fees of their children. However, the government ignored the fact that people of such social class do not head originally to the public sector.

The privatization of the public sector of education would do more damage to education and ruin the system through many ways. First, threatening the right of equal access to universities in due regard of the low abilities of disadvantaged people or the downtrodden class, which presents a wide range of the Moroccan community. Accordingly, this category will never happen to afford academic studies.

Second, privatizing of education may lead into a greater orientation of considering students as consumers or clients, whereas professors as human resources and education as a product. Third, the privatization of higher education would make our universities less trust worthy, because they would put private interests over public ones.

It is noticeably clear that education has a very low priority in Morocco despite its global importance. Correspondingly, the National Union of Moroccan students, as it is the legitimate representative of all students in every Moroccan university, was the first to announce its radical refusal to this project and considered it a new policy to eliminate what has remained from the previous projects to reform education in Morocco. This way, it calls organizations, associations and commissions to rise against these policies that aim to destroy the education in Morocco.

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