By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, June 27, 2012
According to the daily Al Massae, hundreds of enraged parents headed towards the Regional Academy of Rabat yesterday morning to show their outrage over wrong results of the Baccalaureate, the high school diploma, that were posted via the Internet. Parents of the affected students directed harsh blame at the Ministry of Education for what they considered “playing with the destiny and future of these students”. According to the wrong results, many successful students were reported as failing. Some students were reported to have received a total grade of 1/20 when they actually received 15/20.
In reaction to this demonstration and several others across the country, a high-ranking official informed the parents and wronged Bac students that the oversight in Bac results must not be blamed on the Ministry of Education, but rather on the Academy, which is responsible for sending Bac students’ results to the Ministry for publication on its official website. Nevertheless, the enraged parents insisted that the Ministry itself is responsible on the grounds that the Academy sent correct Bac results.
The protesters, Bac students and their parents, were disappointed in the credibility of Baccalaureate results, especially that the same problem is not confined to the Academy of Rabat, but was also reported in several other Academies. Upon hearing their wrong bad or mediocre Bac results, many students became emotionally distressed for fear that this might curtail their enrollment at the college-level institutions.
The data available only reflects the final passing status of the students without further details This has led a number of students to have doubts about whether they actually passed or not. Upon hearing about the complaints, the Ministry of Education hastened to shut off its website temporarily until the wrong results are rectified.
Following a phone call to Mohamed El Ouafa, Minister of Education, Al Massae revealed that the minister did not take time to explain the reasons lying behind these errors nor did he promise to look into the matter. In his response, and while taking a defensive position on this matter, he said that his mobile phone is reserved only to talking with high-ranking officials of the Ministry, not Baccalaureate matters. He refused to give any more information.
According to other sources, it is probable that some hackers might have had access to the website and changed all the data. In an attempt to calm down the affected students, the Ministry explained that only the results of the Regional Examinations were miscalculated, which later culminated in wrong Bac results. The Ministry went on to promise take quick action to rectify the results.
Edited by Ahmed Azizi