By Loubna Flah
By Loubna Flah
Morocco World News
Casablanca, April 20, 2012
Morocco’s PJD-led government has done it again! First, the Ministry of Education continues to be mired in a battle with major trade unions over the strike law. The Ministry of Communication faces fierce opposition against its proposed specifications for the media sector. Now comes the shocking news from the online news outlet ‘Hespress’ that Mr. Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of Higher Education, has recently addressed a decree to Moroccan Universities regarding the eligibility and entry requirement for the Master programs. The decree makes a clear cut distinction between the degrees for professional development and the bachelor and master degrees which are open only to students and not to employees.
The good news is that the decree, which is a binding law, stipulates that all Master programs shall be free. The regrettable news is that the decree does not allow public sector employees to enroll in a Master program. Prior to this controversial decree, some universities required from public sector employees work documents as proof of their qualification to enroll in a Master program. Many applicants who sought graduate studies to complement their official work provided counterfeit certificates or simply gave up their ambition of pursuing higher studies.
The Decree, published yesterday by Hespress, went viral on the internet. It has angered potential graduate students, especially teachers who intend to pursue their higher studies. Many consider the decision as an official ban on public sector employees from seeking their constitutionally protected right to education.
The decree comes at a sensitive timing when the government is facing both internal dissonance and growing skepticism about its ability to undertake drastic reforms through a comprehensive strategy rather than sporadic decisions and the policy of sanctions.
Edited by Hicham El Koustaf
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