By Haddouchan Youssef
By Haddouchan Youssef
Morocco World News
Errachidia, Morocco, March 13, 2012
While surfing the Moroccan website Hespress, I came across this title: “The government will employ more than 7000 Master’s holders” this year. As a jobless postgraduate, I felt optimistic when I had a look at that title because I thought that the government will end our grief. Nonetheless, when I read the whole article, it turned out that Benkiran’s new deal is extremely discriminatory. I have thus decided to answer him back.
First of all, the employment of master’s holders in Morocco has never been based on fair and logical criteria. In fact, it is a question of class. That is to say, if one belongs to a lower class, he or she has to protest for months and years in Rabat so as to be employed, but if one belongs to a higher class, that means employment is easily at hand. So what kind of democracy is this? It is typically Moroccan one.
Having briefly and generally described how the employment of jobless postgraduates takes place in Morocco, we should move to show to the whole world who is to benefit from Benkiran’s new deal. According to the article I have read, the government will employ 5000 jobless postgraduates this year. Notably, 2000 of them have already been promised to be employed by the previous government when they organized a sit-in in the building of the Party of Independence on 20th July, 2011. Now this number has been mounted to 5000, meaning that 3000 MA holders are going to be employed although they have never protested against unemployment.
Meanwhile, while this so called Islamic government has said that it is going to employ 5000 jobless postgraduates, it, on the other hand, insists on the fact that other Master holder’s, namely 2011 postgraduates, should set for a competition/test. Before explaining this issue, it should be said that 2011 postgraduates have been protesting against unemployment in Rabat since June, 2011. Furthermore, the previous government passed a decree (2.11.100) which states that everyone who has a master degree before the end of 2011 has the right to be ‘directly’ employed in public sector. It is clear perhaps now that the government has an intention to eliminate anyone who has got his/her master degree in 2011.
We finally would like to say to Benkiran, why do you want to employ 2010 master’s holders in a direct way, while you say to those who graduated in 2011 you have to take exams. Your usual answer is: “I have to execute the agreement, which the previous government signed with them”. We say why should you do so? You say “I have to apply the law”. We, then, say to you that you have to apply the article (2.11.100) because it is a legal decree. The rejection of competitions should not, however, mean that we are not competent. It is because the Moroccan competitions are corrupt.
Haddouchan Youssef is a master’s graduate in Cross-Cultural and Literary Studies at the University of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdelah, fez. He can be reached here: firstname.lastname@example.org
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