Rabat, June 15, 2013 (MAP)
Rabat, June 15, 2013 (MAP)
The Moroccan weeklies discuss various topics, including the crisis within the government coalition, the fight against cheating in Baccalaureate exams, the 7th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC-2013) held in Marrakech, and the fight against under-invoicing.
Under the title “Schizophrenia”, L’Observateur du Maroc writes that “it is now a month since the parliament of the Istiqlal party has opted for withdrawing from the government, whose head acts as if nothing happened, while Hamid Chabat awaits a very unlikely royal arbitration.”
The editorial, which indicates that the PJD and the Istiqlal seek the intervention of the King in a partisan conflict that does not concern him, says that “this is a schizophrenic attitude, because the sovereign cannot resolve this conflict without replacing the internal organs of the parties.”
“The two party leaders do not fulfill their responsibility. Yet the latter it is politically clear. They need to meet, discuss and decide: either maintaining the coalition is still possible, despite the torrent of invectives and then they announce their new agreement, which goes or not through a cabinet reshuffle; or the disagreements are too deep, in which case they announce separation, explaining to the public opinion the nature of the differences,” it says.
With regard to the fight against the phenomenon of cheating in baacalureate exams, Le Reporter writes that “one can make all the threats one wants, but there will always be candidates who try their luck in fraud, as it occurred during the first session of the exams, while the Ministry of Education warned that all means would be used to track and severely punish fraudsters.”
For the editor, “if gangs seeking to market fraud by offering their services to Bac candidates who find themselves encouraged to cheat in order to succeed, instead of studying, it is normal that sanctions against them, including incarceration, are tougher and fraudsters can even end up behind bars.”
But, it wonders, how can one imagine that students who have cheated in the exams end up in jail? How can we think for a moment of landing students in the beginning of their lives in prison?
La Vie Eco, which titles “destructive genius”, states that when we see the level of sophistication of the methods used by some candidates to cheat in Bac exams, we cannot but be surprised, if not amazed.
“The sanction, as severe as it is, is necessary, but not sufficient. Because with carelessness which has lasted several years, cheating has become so widespread and standardized that it became impossible to control by one sanction,” it says.
In another subject, Finances News Hebdo writes that “Marrakech has gone green, on the occasion of the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC-2013), taking place for the first time in an Arab country.
It stresses that the choice of Morocco is not fortuitous, since the Kingdom has set the environmental protection as a priority in its development agenda, as evidenced by its adherence to the principles of the Rio Declaration, the Agenda 21, and multilateral environmental agreements.
Under the title “Finally action against dumping!” La Nouvelle Tribune wonders whether the government has finally resolved to respond and implement measures to counter the detestable practice which harms our productive fabric, that of under-invoicing.
It points out that “the external account deficit is becoming increasingly worrying and our industrial operators complain of fraud and damages arising from the deliberate behavior of dishonest importers, who knowingly flood the market with foreign products and goods to be sold below their actual cost, which contributes to worsening the imbalance of our trade balance.”