By Youssef Sourgo
By Youssef Sourgo
Morocco World News
Casablanca, April 30, 2013
There are numerous cases wherein even the most trustworthy discourses, such as that of human rights organizations for instance, hastens to destructive conclusions regarding particular individuals or institutions in the presence of scarce or no evidence. Media for its part tends to add insult to injury when they hyperbolize those very hasty conclusions.
Politicians, for example, tend to be the mainstream target of those allegations generated by misinformed or mistakenly oriented human rights organizations. Their reputation in the political sphere becomes easily tarnished, because the sweeping misconception that all politicians are ‘unethical individuals’ is what incites the audience, on their side, to take such conclusions for granted without critical thinking
In Morocco, Mr. Al Wafa, Minister of National Education, has become notorious for his so-called unreasonable discourse and lack of respect towards the representatives of the educational community.
Few months ago, Mr. Al Wafa was said to have told a little girl, during one of his unplanned visits to a primary school that ‘she is rather meant to be married rather than go to school.’ Later on, various media reported that Al Wafa’s statement allegedly humiliated the girl among her peers and caused her psychological damage.
In his recent interview with online news website Kifache, Mr. Al Wafa affirmed that the ‘little girl story’ was only ‘fabricated’ and has nothing accurate to it.
“That is definitely untrue, and I am going to tell you the truth about this,” firmly stated Mr. Al Wafa.
The Minister went on to clarify, “First, the reason behind my visit to that primary school in a new area in Marrakech was that I read in an issue of daily Ahdat Al Maghrbia that a class in that school was comprised of more than 50 students.”
According to Mr. Al Wafa, he was shocked to discover that pupils in this school were all amassed in one class, while in other schools some classes were empty.
“When I turned up at the primary school, I headed directly to the class in concern and went on to ask pupils about what was going on,” shared Al Wafa in detail. “Yes, I talked to a little girl who seemed very kind and well-mannered, but I did not say anything that the media has accused me of saying to her,” insisted the minister.
“A human rights organization along with France 24 and many other institutions started firing allegations at me, fifteen days after my visit to the school,” shared Mr. Al Wafa in a tone of surprise.
“This is absolutely inaccurate, and I have been affirming this continuously, even when questioned about it within the parliament,” he stated.
The Minister of national education denounced the allegation saying, “those behind such a scenario do not want me to pay visit to schools.”
Being more precise in his explanation, Mr. Al Wafa stated, “Those who made up this story are a group of bad teachers in Marrakech who could not tolerate my unplanned visits to the schools.”
Despite the repercussions of the allegation, Al Wafa insisted on maintaining his field visits to schools. “I will keep visiting schools, because that is an unquestionable part of my responsibility as a minister of national education.”Mr. Al Wafa culminated his comments on the allegation by stating a surprising piece of information: “Can you believe that after all of this fuss, the girl’s grades increased stupefying way,” said Al Wafa in a humorous tone. “She even became one of the best students in her class,” he added.
Al Wafa’s version of the scenario encapsulates an alarmingreality that Moroccans experience, yet refrain to denounce. None can deny that the educational realm is fraught with unprofessional, unmindful and even dangerous teachers whose dreadful acts one has become so accustomed to, to the extent of internalizing them as familiar and acceptable realities. Thus, one would not be surprised to realize that those very constituents of the educational system would set up such controversies to keep the spotlights of truth away from their terrains.
Media, NGOs and human rights activists should be more critical of the news and allegations they sometimes receive from the public. That one is a politician does not necessarily mean he is an impostor or an unethical person. The same thing goes for one’s fashion and dealing with issues. If one seems too casual in his rhetoric, it does not mean he is not suitable for a certain decision-making position.
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