By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, March 2, 2012
At the start of each school year, a number of new teachers are appointed to different places of work in different regions all over Morocco. Normally, the procedure of appointment follows certain criteria. For example, female teachers should be appointed in their preferred locations with greater frequency than male teachers. Frankly, I support this criterion provided that it is respected to the latter and without exceptions.
What I can not understand, however, is why some female teachers are appointed to remote places of work. And when we look further into the reasons for this, we are told that the female teachers who are appointed to remote areas did not get as good of grades in training courses as those appointed in the vicinity of their homes.
On the other hand, highly-ranked male teachers who are appointed in remote areas complain about the good appointments of female teachers with average grades. The male teachers who outshine female ones are sent to remote areas, while the latter are given near places.
What I am aiming at is that as long as female teachers are prioritized irrespective of the grade criterion, they must all be appointed to good working places. How would we account for the fact that some male teachers with high grades and female teachers with average grades are appointed to the same remote area? If there is a difference in the sexes as some say, why are female teachers treated equally with male teachers in this case? Why are female teachers treated unequally among themselves, especially given that the excuse we give to male teachers is that female ones must not be appointed too far? If they must not be appointed far, how can we explain the fact that many of them work in very far places? If the grades they get are the reason you are going to provide me with, how do you explain that female teachers must not be appointed too far from their homes irrespective of the grade they get?
By the way, I still vividly remember the flimsy and silly excuse a female teacher gave me about her resorting to nepotism to change her original place of work, Zagora to Inzegan. She said to me that unlike male teachers, she must be appointed so near, because of the hard conditions girls alone suffer from. In response, I said that I wished all girls had been treated in the same manner. “What about all other female teachers in remote areas? Aren’t they girls too?” I asked myself. Now, I feel as though I were in front of a labyrinth, not knowing where to point my finger.
Edited by Jasmine Davey
Omar Bihmidine is high school teacher of English. He obtained his Associate Degree at Choaib Eddoukali University in 2008. His writings take the form of short stories, poems and articles, many of which have been published in Sous Pens magazine, in the ALC magazine in Agadir, and in the late Casablanca analyst newspaper.
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