Al Hoceima, Morocco - The educational sector in Morocco suffers from the absence of a comprehensive vision, and a lack of expertise in its management.
Al Hoceima, Morocco – The educational sector in Morocco suffers from the absence of a comprehensive vision, and a lack of expertise in its management.
Every time the Moroccan government endeavors to tackle the issue of national education, it only does so from a technical side and does nothing but the application of foreign policies. In doing so, it does not put the finger on the wrong spots to stop this continuous failure in building a strong educational system likely to live meet students’ needs. At every new academic year, the public opinion engages in debates on the ”the crisis in Moroccan educational system” and tries to identify the reasons behind this constant failure. The objective is to give an efficient remedy to heal this chaotic situation that has reached a dead end.
Since the independence of Morocco 1956, the slogan of upgrading and improving education has been lying on the tables of the so called “administrators.” Thousands of national and foreign experiences were tried and applied, billions of Dirhams were spent, countless meetings and lectures were held and countless ideas were suggested. Yet, the results have been nothing but a complete failure.
Decision makers who are responsible for charting the educational curricula did nothing of practical significance. They only implement pointless foreign theories that serve neither students nor the employment sector in the country. Why does the government always end up in a total failure in the management of such an important field? Obviously, Moroccan learners remain the first victim of this mess. Is this the country of the rue of law they brag about in their “pathetic” advertizing? Human rights, the new constitution, fighting corruption, equal opportunity, accountability and transparency of officials…etc have not yet found their ways into practice.
Moroccan students are suffering from a plethora of problems when it comes to education, starting from the irresponsible officials to the brutal violence in Moroccan universities. After the unfortunate events of violence against the students’ movement at Al Qaddi Ayad’s university in Marrakech in recent weeks, plenty of questions were raised about the need for such violence in our schools where education should be the purpose of everyone. Who’s to blame? Why does it still exist?
Since the founding of the students’ union in Morocco in 1956, Moroccan universities became an arena for constant political conflict, which mostly resulted in a clash between students themselves with opposing political orientations, and at times with merciless oppressive police forces.
Certainly, the educational system in Morocco doesn’t only suffer from violence and conflict, but it also encounters a very weak and irresponsible money management. Isn’t it our right, as Moroccans, to know where all the billions of Dirhams were spent without any noticeable change? Why ministers and those in charge were not held accountable for their bad governance after the ministry of education announced the failure of “the Emergency Plan”? Who is responsible for all this squandering of public money and why are they not held accountable?
The answer might be the combination of hypocrisy and greed of Morocco’s irresponsible politicians. The answer is the prevalence of personal interest over the public interest coupled with incompetence and mediocrity of those at the helm of authority, making empty promises while selling the hope of change to the public opinion.
But, for me, like every student in Morocco, I still have to ask this problematic question: how can we fix our educational system in Morocco?
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