By Loubna Flah
By Loubna Flah
Morocco World News
Casablanca, September 9, 2012
The Union for Private Education did not relish the decision issued by the ministry of education prohibiting teachers affiliated to the public sector to give tutoring classes in private schools.
According to the Moroccan daily Al Massae, the Union for Private Education and vocational Training has warned against vindictive measures if the ministry of education does not cancel its decision.
” The decision issued by the ministry of education will undoubtedly cripple private education, which will affect directly more than 170, 000 students,“ Othmane Azouzi, the Union‘s vice president was quoted as saying.
“The decision made by the minister of Education contravenes the guidelines set out by Mohammed VI in his latest speech regarding the education sector. The Monarch has called on the government to consolidate the role of private education emphasizing its pivotal contribution in education and employment,” he added.
Mr. Azouzi has also informed the local authorities about the likelihood of massive protests against this decision both from teachers affected by the decision and parents who will not be able to enroll their children in private schools.
He asserted that the public sector, with its crowded classes, cannot absorb the large number of the private education students. Mr. Azouzi also pinpointed that the decision to ban public school teachers from working in private schools has no legitimacy, since it contradicts a former ministerial decree issued in 2010 allowing public school teachers to work 8 hours per week in private schools.
Likewise, inspectors working in the public sector expressed uneasiness towards the ban especially that the prohibition decision applies to them as well. The minister decision prompted different reactions among parents and teachers alike.
While some parents welcomed the decision, others voiced their consternation. Within the teachers’ community the decision stirred controversy especially that many teachers rely on their income from private schools tutoring to lead a more comfortable life.
Many also considered that the minister’s decision is a miscalculated sanction that would deal a fatal blow to private education.