By Mohammed Naj
By Mohammed Naj
Morocco World News
Meknes, October 21, 2012
The development of education systems is central to realizing progress and prosperity in any society. Unfortunately, in Morocco, the advancement of the education system is hindered by a number of issues including a lack of textbooks, materials and equipment, delays in the transfer of funds or grants, and low teacher salaries.
Today, teachers in Morocco are also discouraged by the loss of their right to promotions based on obtaining Master’s degrees. For this reason, teachers who do hold Master’s degrees have come together to found The National Coordination of Teachers Holding Master’s Degrees. This syndicate body has made the following statements, which was sent to the Ministry of Higher Education:
1- The absolute rejection of the decree 2.11.623. This unfair decree puts an end to the rights of teachers to get promoted by obtaining Master’s degrees.
2- The insistence on the right to receive promotions through Master’s degrees.
3- The coordination condemns the unfair exploitation of teachers who hold Master’s degrees and work in high schools without promotions in their teaching positions.
The financial situation of the Moroccan teacher is well-known, but remains unaddressed by the Ministry of Education. The efforts of teachers to achieve degrees of higher education are a benefit to the Moroccan student, and the Ministry of Education should recognize that fact. It is unfortunate that Moroccan teachers continue to be exploited, and Moroccan students continue to be short-changed by a lacking public school system, which continues to suffer from a lack of the most basic resources.
The Ministry of Education continues to respond to requests for change with excuses such as government budget deficits, debt, austerity, and so on. Meanwhile, incredibly large sums of money are spent on trivial activities that do not contribute to the development of Moroccan society. Public opinion in Morocco has expressed continued surprise, for example, by the large amounts of money spent on festivals like Mawazine, and the high payments made to entertainers. Mariah Carey, for example, received $850,000 last May to perform for less than two hours. Elton John and other artists have received lavish paychecks to perform in the same festival. These dollars should have been directed toward our education system, to our schools, our students, and our teachers.”
It is no secret that Morocco is a poor country with limited resources; its economy is fragile and many areas that are more important have a dire need for that money. This article is an attempt to encourage the public to urge decision-makers in Morocco to take steps to immediately begin addressing the ills of the Moroccan education system, including recognition of the efforts and continued challenges faced by teachers.
Edited by Yasmina Mrabet
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy
Maj Mohammed is an English Teacher at the Mhaya Junior school – Meknes. He holds a Master’s degree in Cross-Cultural and Literary Studies from the Faculty of Letter and Human Sciences Fes-Saiss.