By Abderrahmane Boulmani
By Abderrahmane Boulmani
Morocco World News
Tantan, Morocco, March13, 2012
The status of Moroccan education has been a matter of debate for over a decade, now. As everyone knows, the quality of our education is going down and down. And to get out of the quagmire, the Ministry of Education has launched many initiatives, but to no avail, unfortunately.
To promote education, the ministry launched educational reform. And since the reform did not fill in the gaps, it brought on an urgent plan that earmarked a large budget. The plan is now in its last year and the standards of our students are even worse. How can one imagine a second year baccalaureate student who stutters in reading a simple sentence in English?
To get out of this dilemma, the ministry in charge decided to undertake a package of remedies. Among these so-called remedies, teacher training stands out. Throughout the year, teachers should attend continuing education training symposiums, on holidays or in their free time so as not to lose time in the classroom with their students. Did those who put in place this pointless plan not know that monotony kills creativity? Did not they know that the brain needs some rest before it resumes anew?
Of course, they know the answers to my fore questions; but they were taught in the ministry that the teacher is at the center of the teaching-learning process. This is why they are leading contributive approaches in their reforms and dictations. Does it sound logical to find teachers who still use old textbooks, while they are supposed to be the ones who suggest proposals whenever the curriculum is about to change?
To my and every teachers’ dismay, the part of the ministry that recommended teacher’s training to promote education, is the same part of the administration that hires untrained high degree holders to teach. More else, those teachers are sometimes appointed as trainers. Does not this sound contradictory?
To sum up, good intentions from the part of the ministry are needed to promote our education; otherwise, it will become a heavy burden on the states shoulders.
Abderrahmane boulmani is a teacher of English in Tantan, Sothern Morocco. He has a B.A in English studies from faculty of letter and human sciences at the University of Ibn Zoher, Agadir. He was the vice president of tmamaynut, an association that advocates the amazigh cause, branch of Tantan. He is interested in cultural and social studies. He writes and advocates for the Amazigh cause. He can be reached at: [email protected]
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