Moroccan University Students’ Basic Struggles

By Abdelhak Ammari Rabat - As Moroccans, we frequently say, “the one who lacks something cannot give.” Students currently lack something very basic. If given to them, that something could make a brighter future for Morocco and its people. Comparing Morocco to many other places in the world, it is a common feeling that many of Moroccan university students live more miserably and insecure. Moroccan students c ...

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ENS Rabat Hosts a Conference on Journalism & English-language Teaching

By Amine Mechaal Rabat – The English department at L’ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) will host a conference under the theme “Journalism and English-language Teaching” in Rabat in association with Morocco World News on Saturday, February 28th.  The conference will host a number of journalists, English-language professors, teacher trainees, and university and high school students. The participants will discuss ...

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Coalition for Protection of Arabic Calls on Morocco’s Minister of Education to resign

Rabat - The National Coalition for the Protection of Arabic has reportedly called on Rachid Belmokhtar, Morocco’s Minister of Education, to resign over his recent statements to a journalist at France24 that he does not speak Arabic, Morocco’s official language. In a statement published on Monday by Alyaoum24 news website, the National Coalition of protection of the Arabic language called on the Minister Rac ...

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PJD Rejects Using Moroccan Darija in Preschool

Rabat - The debate over using Moroccan Darija in schools took a new twist a few weeks before the submission to the king of the Strategic Report of the Supreme Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research. In a statement issued on February 21, the Justice and Development party (PJD) expressed its categorical rejection of using Moroccan Darija (Moroccan Arabic) as a medium of instruction in Morocca ...

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Benkirane calls for adopting English as first foreign language in Morocco

Taroudant - The Moroccan government is moving towards elevating the position of English over French within the Moroccan educational system. After the statements of many Moroccan ministers and politicians in favor of adopting English over French, Abdelilah Benkirane, the Head of the Government, called for adopting English as the first foreign language in the kingdom. During the monthly political conference o ...

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Towards a New Paradigm of Educational Reform in Morocco

By Mohammed Maarouf The Moroccan education system has been the subject of debate ever since independence, and has witnessed several serious endeavors to reform the sector. Though there is much talk about the advancements accomplished up to the present, the system is evidently still lagging behind, and there seems to be no effective, sustainable reform. Similar to sea tides, Ministers of Education and their ...

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Morocco Sets Up National Observatory of Violence in School

Rabat  -  The National Education and Vocational Training ministry has set up a National Observatory of Violence in School to track cases of violence in educational institutions. The observatory, set up in collaboration with various public and private stakeholders, aims to collect and analyze data and reports from regions and provinces to establish a national database on violence in schools, the ministry sai ...

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Minister Calls for Strengthening Presence of English in Moroccan Universities

Rabat - Moroccan Minister Calls for Bolstering Standing of English in Moroccan Universities. Moroccan officials are bent on according English language greater importance in Morocco’s educational system. Moroccan Minister of Higher Education, Lahcen Daoudi, has once again called for English to be accorded more significance in the country’s educational system. During the inauguration ceremony marking the open ...

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Fulbright Study Grant: an Opportunity for Moroccan Undergraduates

By Chaimae El Mouhtarim Kenitra - The Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange has launched the Fulbright Study Grant program for 2015-2016. This scholarship covers all tuition fees, transportation, and living expenses, making it one of the most important scholarships that Moroccan undergraduates can apply for to pursue a Master's studies in their field of choice.  This study grant ...

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Personal Perspective in Handling Teaching Methodology, 21st Century Innovations

Rabat - Before indulging i n both the reflection of my personal approach to teaching and my new role in the recent changes and innovations, I should pay a particular tribute to both Moulay Ismail University (MIU) and Ecole Normale Superiéure’ (ENS) teacher trainers. These schools taught me  how to ensure my ability in bridging the theories or the theoretical assumptions of Richards’ framework to English Lan ...

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Moroccan Ministry of Education Reacts to Videos Shared on Social Media

Fez - The Ministry of Education and Professional Training wants to stop the chaos that is taking place in some Moroccan schools, especially with the numerous videos shared on social media that taint the image of Moroccan schools. More and more videos have been shared on social networks in recent weeks. They depict students, or sometimes teachers, in situations that have nothing to do with school or educatio ...

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Moroccan Teachers Discuss Ways to Improve Teaching of English in Morocco

By Amine Mechaal Rabat - L’Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) and the Moroccan Association of Teachers of English (MATE) co-sponsored a conference on Friday entitled “Essential Skills for Better Quality Teaching” in Rabat, focussing on best practices for English-language teaching. Organized by the English department at ENS in collaboration with the Calliope Library, the conference began with an opening ceremony ...

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