By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, June 19, 2012
In the wake of the current economic crisis plaguing Spain, the Spanish government has recently expressed its determination to adopt draconian measures in order to alleviate the state deficit and increase sources of revenues. Among them is a decision that will result in further complicating the academic lives of Moroccan studying in Spain.
The crisis in question has culminated in passing several laws related to the Spanish education system, one of which is exaggeratedly raising tuition fees for Moroccan students from 1,000 Euros to up to between 6,000 and 9,000 euros per each academic year. Moroccan students have been denied the right for a fairly cheap tuition on the basis that their home country isn’t part of the European Union.
Contrary to international practices, which stipulate that all students be granted equal chances to education, irrespective of their nationality, Spain has deprived Moroccans of their pursuit of studies and has by implication forced them to think about dropping out once and for all. Among the reasons pushing Moroccan students there to take to the street in protest of this unfair treatment is the continuously soaring prices of registration fees.
Given that an agreement was signed between the Moroccan kingdom and the Spanish kingdom to enhance cultural cooperation between the two countries, “we Moroccans hope that the Spanish government will take the agreement into account and abide by it. Besides, we are also here calling for the activation of the agreement the soonest possible,” said Noufal Argaz, a doctor who pursued his higher education in Spain.
At a time when Morocco enjoys the advanced status granted by the European Union, it is high time we reconsidered this thorny issue before Moroccan students lose trust in their future and before their hopes are completely dashed. “We must take action the soonest possible for fear of an impending disaster,” adds Noufal, in his letter to the Foreign Affairs minister and to the Moroccan king’s ambassador in Spain.
If this law happens to be applied in the forthcoming academic year 2012/2013, there are higher chances Moroccan students will have to pay for their tuition fees six times the usual amount. Around 4,500 students have gone enraged by the injustice, for they are in danger of facing the destiny of not realizing their dreams.
As president of the Association of University Moroccan Alumni in Spain, Noufal Argaz fervently calls on the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to intervene in this matter.
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