By Rachid Khouya
By Rachid Khouya
Morocco World News
Smara, Morocco, April 2, 2013
I hate watching our minister asking about toilets in public before asking about teachers, students and the educational environment as if reforming our educational systems starts with having ‘working toilets’ instead of having ‘working teachers and students.
I hate to see principals and people of the administration holding sticks and beating the kids. I hate to see them mistreat the students we teach and torturing them in front of us. I hate the way they look inside the school yards as shepherd holding sticks and chasing herd of ‘goats and sheep”.
I hate the teachers who send their students to the administration to be punished for things they could forgive or for matters they could solve with communication alone. They are like parents who send their children to the police to teach them how to behave at home.
Among the things I hate, are teachers who stand in front of their classrooms for long periods of time to smoke or to talk on their mobiles or with their colleagues while depriving students of their learning time.
I hate the teachers who stand in front of their classrooms while the students are singing the national anthem as if that moment of citizenship does not concern them. Other teachers pass with their bags and heads in the skies near the students’ queues without respect for the flag, the people or the nation.
I hate the female teachers who calculate when to get pregnant so as to get their three months of maternal leave just before the summer holiday.
I hate teachers who exploit their students either educationally or sexually. Our schools are full of these aspects of exploitation from north to south and from primary schools to universities.
Educationally, they oblige students to take evening classes in their homes or in private schools if they want to get good marks. They sell quizzes for the students who take evening classes, while depriving the others who can not pay for private lessons from equal opportunities.
Sexually, this is clear to everyone and does not need explanation. A student should always be treated a s a student. She has the right to enjoy her adolescence but the teachers do not have to be an adolescent with them. This happens in many parts of the county, unfortunately.
I hate supervisors who are asleep throughout the school year and come to visit you once or twice a year while talking about teaching and training and guiding. Supervisors should be there to help, guide and advise and their experience, others
I hate parents who send their kids to schools without knowing where they go and where they study and without controlling them. They think that because they bought books and clothes their responsibility is done. Parents should not sleep till they know if the hens are at home as they say, and if the foxes are not sleeping with them.
I can keep counting the things I hate and the things that some of you might hate. Our schools are full of people, teachers, students, administrators watching over ‘toilets’ more than ‘classrooms. These are things I always hate.
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