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The Last Nail in the Coffin of the Arabisation Policy

By Souhaila Rahbi Brussels - Morocco, along with Algeria and Tunisia, opted for an Arabisation policy after its independence for the purpose of establishing linguistic and cultural unification within the Arab Muslim World and restoring an authentic identity that was defiled by colonialism. Arabic was presented as the only legitimate language for a Muslim country that would regenerate a lost identity. Yet, A ...

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Tribute to Professor Mohamed Ouakrime

Rabat - A University and a profession pay tribute to one of their major figures: Emotional moments of public acknowledgment and expressions of gratitude to Professor Mohamed Ouakrime. It was both a pleasure, an honor and a true privilege for me to have been invited to deliver the keynote speech at the National Conference that was held at the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah (SMBA) Faculty of Letters and Human Scie ...

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Morocco Is Not Alone in Downloading Pirated Scientific Papers

By Abdelmohsine El Hallouati Rabat - At this time of year, running into students tackling piles of papers on their desks is familiar. The count down has begun, and exams are just around the corner. Also very common on Moroccan campuses is the proliferation of photocopied materials of which few question the source. As alarming as the practice might seem to be, it is not merely limited to physical copies. In ...

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Zagora Hosts Students’ Talent Show

By Nasr-edine Ouahani Zagora - Under the Banner “Student’s Got Talent,” Basma Association of English Language in Zagora (BALEZ) organized the second annual event of “Students’ Talent Show” on April 23-24, 2016. The two-day event, which gathered both diligent and skillful middle and high school students, was regarded as unprecedented for its kind. The event’s bountiful program included a diverse range of con ...

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Morocco: Cheating Students Face up to One Year in Prison

Rabat - Moroccan parliament is discussing a proposed law that will punish students for cheating on exams with a sentence of up to a year in prison. Now that exams in high schools, universities and Moroccan institutes are only a month and half away, the Committee of Education, Culture and Communication held a general debate on Wednesday about the proposed law, by which students caught in the act of cheating ...

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Two Moroccan Universities Leading Higher Education in Francophone Africa

Rabat - A new report ranks Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech (UCAM) and the Mohammed V University of Rabat as the 12th and 15th best universities in Africa, according to a new report by the United Kingdom-based site Times Higher Education (THE). The Moroccan institutes were the only two universities from Francophone Africa found on the 15-member list. THE’s report said it takes into account several criteri ...

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Fez to Host the National Conference of English Studies

Rabat - The National Conference of English Studies at the Moroccan University in the Age of Globalization is scheduled to take place April 28-29 at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez. The two-day event is designed to provide an in-depth look at innovative teaching practices adopted by English instructors in Moroccan higher education. The event will inclu ...

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Moroccan Schools: No Child Should Be Left on the Bench

Kenitra - In his book The Lords of Discipline, Pat Conroy, a New York Times best-selling novelist and a leading figure of late-20th century American literature wrote:  “Great teachers had great personalities and that the greatest teachers had outrageous personalities […] Teaching is the art of theft: of knowing what to steal and from whom. Bad teachers do not touch me; the great ones never leave me. They ri ...

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Public Speaking: The Creative Art of Orators

By Mustapha Obihi Rabat - Ask any student about the most challenging aspect of learning the English language and the answer will unanimously be public speaking. An inexperienced speaker may often find it enervating and awkward to address controversial issues with fluency and accuracy, so what are the underlying factors that make public speaking so hard to master?  What is the best methodology to be an influ ...

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Africa Science Leadership Program Aims to Develop Skills of Next Generation of Scientists

By Lahcen El Youssfi Meknes - The Africa Science Leadership Program (ASLP) aims to grow excellent mid-career African academics in the areas of collective leadership, team and research development and science-society engagement, with the intention of enabling them to solve the complex issues facing both Africa and the global community. The program creates a lasting network of science leaders on the continent ...

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Muslim Preacher Lashes Out at Moroccan Teacher Trainees

Taroudante - In a recent article, the vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars Sheikh Ahmed Raissouni lashed out at teacher trainees, describing their nearly six-month strike as “chaotic and demagogic.” The Former president of the Islamic Unification and Reform Movement (URM), the advocacy arm of the Party of Justice and Development (PJD), said that he wouldn’t allow his grandchildren to ...

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Moroccan Students to Study English in Primary Schools

Rabat - Moroccan students will begin studying English, as a part of a newly enhanced language curriculum, according to statement made by Rachid Belmokhtar, the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, during his visit to the Abu Abbas Sebti secondary school in Marrakech on Thursday. The minister accompanied Ahmed Lakrimi, the academic director for the Marrakesh-Asfi region, to the school’s En ...

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