By Rachid Khouya
By Rachid Khouya
Morocco World News
April 5, 2012
Morocco’s Ministry of Education has recently decided that starting in 2012, it will stop promoting teachers who received their Master degrees from the Egyptian University of the Arab League. This decision has disappointed and angered hundreds of teachers who are still studying in Egypt.
Over the past six years, a great number of Moroccan teachers have traveled to Egypt to register in the Arab League University in order to obtain their Master Degrees. The reason for their exodus is that practicing teachers or employees of public administration are in some cases find it challenging to enroll in graduate studies in Moroccan universities. Hamdi Lakhrif, a teacher from Es-Semara, in southern Morocco, told MWN that: “what teachers cannot comprehend is how could the Ministry expect teachers to teach students who end up receiving their degrees, while it deprives teachers of their right to further study and obtain higher degrees? “ He questioned the logic of the need to improve the level of competency of teachers if they are denied the right to receive more training and more degrees.
Mr. Lakhrif , who is pursuing a Master degree in Sciences of Education, explained that “the main objective of the Ministry is to stop the poor and miserable primary and secondary teachers from obtaining their promotion which would have a positive effect on their salaries, as well as their social life conditions”. According to Mr. Lakhrif, there has long been a policy of preventing teachers from enjoying social mobility and earning a decent living.
Teachers pay more than 4O, OOO DH ($5,000 US Dollars) to obtain their Master Degree. Some take banks loans with high interest rates and are forced to pay back large sums over the course of their lives. All this sacrifice is just for one thing: to be promoted professionally and to participate in improving teaching and learning in Morocco. Mr Lakhrif said that “in principle the Ministry should encourage these teachers and afford them all the conditions of learning as they are struggling to further develop.” He went on to say that “No one will prevent teachers from receiving their graduate degrees. If they close the doors of Egypt, teachers will find other doors to open, but what the Ministry has to do if it really wants to change is to open the Moroccan universities for Moroccan teachers.
Many think that instead of playing the game of cat and the mouse with the teachers, the government should work towards finding a fair solution to this problem, namely allowing them to enroll in Moroccan universities. Such a decision would not only allow teachers to be promoted, but also render them active actors who promote scientific research in our country and who contribute to achieving social, educational and human development.
Edited by Hisham El Koustaf
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