By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, May 3, 2012
Starting from April 30th up until now, teacher trainees at Casablanca’s Derb Ghalef training center have gone on an open strike, protesting about the grants that they haven’t received at the expected time. Complaining about their financial circumstances and miserable conditions under which they are currently living, trainees from different departments at the center have decided to boycott the courses and the training tours until they receive their grant, which amount to 547 MAD ($80).
In response to the trainees-led demonstration, the administration intervened and suggested offering each trainee 500DHs as a transient solution to dissuade them from continuing the strike. To the administrative staff’s dismay, the proposal was, however, met with total refusal.
As is the case with several other training centers in Kenitra, El Jadida, Marrakech, Tangiers and Inzegan, teacher trainees never received their meager grants at the expected time, which immediately sparked anger among the trainees. Trainees at Casablanca CPR were the first ones to go on strike, and chose not to the accept the suggestion offered by the administration on the grounds that other trainees in several CPR, ENS and CFI are at present are facing the same problem.
The release of grants, which is delayed every year on the part of the Ministry of Education has now culminated in the setting up of a national co-ordination on Facebook that will lend ears to the sufferings of trainees at all training centers.
What the trainees have done all over Morocco is unprecedented, and the administration of the centers is now in a daze, not knowing how to silence the angry trainees who have run out of financial means to carry on receiving their training at their ease.
Many training centers, that of Casablanca in particular, are undergoing a total paralysis, and trainees are now threatening with an open strike if their rights are not secured.
In all the banners held and the speeches delivered at some delegations and in front of the training centers, trainees are calling for an urgent release of all the grants. Time alone will tell how the Ministry of Education Academies will respond to the strikes that have started like wildfire at a number of training cente