By Rachid Khouya
By Rachid Khouya
Morocco World News
Es-Semara, Morocco, March 13, 2012
According to undisclosed sources, the head of Morocco’s PJD-lead government sent a circular to all ministries in which he requested information about vacancies that could be filled by Morocco’s unemployed university graduates. In its March 13 issue, the PJD newspaper, Atajdid, reported that more than 7000 public sector jobs will be created for university graduates, especially those with graduate degrees.
This announcement is a clear signal that the PJD-lead government is tackling the issue of unemployment. Sources from within the government explained that the job allocation process will be fair, transparent and based on meritocracy. Priority will be given to holders of graduate degrees, those in possession of royal letters promising them employment, children of retired members of the armed forces and the handicapped. The remaining job opportunities will be reserved for holders of graduate degrees who must also pass exams to be recruited. Sources indicate that the PJD-lead government inherited a list of nearly 5000 names who had allegedly signed a deal with the previous government.
Unemployed people across Morocco welcomed the government’s initiative as the 7000 new jobs will inject much needed energy into the Moroccan economy. The announcement also gives hope to thousands of unemployed Moroccans who have waited for years to find meaningful work. There is, however, some controversy surrounding the prioritization scheme. Because the government’s main targets are those with a Masters or Doctorate degree, the question that many are raising is how will the government deal with the very high number of Bachelor degree holders.
Compared to the hundreds of thousands of Moroccans that are employed, 7000 new jobs seems minimal. Nevertheless, the commendable move by the PJD-lead government signals its continued effort to fulfill the campaign promise of job creation.
Editing by Hisham El Koustaf