Morocco World News
Morocco World News
Fez, August 5, 2012
Now that Moroccan higher education sets challenging conditions and makes it difficult for high school students to have access to distinguished Moroccan schools, this year’s Baccalaureate holders have called for a sit-in, which will take place in all major cities on August 6th.
Many of the students who have called for this national gathering have earned their Baccalaureate with distinction. They have always looked forward to joining one of the distinguished schools in Morocco. Yet, to their utter consternation, it turns out that they are not offered enough opportunities to pursue their specialties.
‘The Student Union to Change the Education System’, the group these new graduates created to voice their demands, has launched a video on August 2 where several students express their dissatisfaction with the meager opportunities afforded to them.
‘What is the use of 15/20, 16/20, 17/20 if they don’t entitle us to easily access schools of engineering and medicine,’ many students complained.
Through the same video, it has been shown that the National School of Architecture ( ENA) , for instance, has set 17,27 as the minimum to access the school, which has prevented many excellent students from joining the specialty they have always aspired to during their high school days.
‘If our country doesn’t offer us the opportunity to further develop our skills, we will have recourse to other developed countries,’ the high-school diploma holders warned Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of Higher Education.
Still worse is the fact that the majority of these high achievers are born to poor families. High students, therefore, stress that the Ministry of Education must assume responsibility for their threatened future.
On the part of the Moroccan government, it clearly appears that it has not taken the issue seriously enough, particularly that Lahcen Daudi, in some way or another, attempts to put an end to free higher education.
So as to draw the attention of the competent authorities, Baccalaureate holders are left with no other choice than to publicly voice their disgruntlement with the unfair conditions that would prevent them from pursuing their higher studies.
The PJD-led government, which is now beset by many problems the least of which is the dire economic outlook of the country, finds itself pressed against the wall and is called to play the firemen and find a quick fix to this problem.
Lahcen Daouidi, Minister of Higher Education, sparked a controversy 2 weeks ago when, during an interview with the daily L’Economiste, announced the decision of the government to put an end to free higher education.