Fez - Monday May 12th was not a normal day for thousands of teachers holding advanced university degrees. They are asking for equal promotion, and temporarily stopped striking in hopes that the Ministry of Education and the trade unions would find a fair solution for the two cohorts (2012 and2013) deprived of promotions based on the degrees they obtained. The result of the long and insincere negotiations between the government and the five trade unions is that eight teachers were sentenced to two months imprisonment, suspended execution by the First Instance Court in Rabat on charges of assaulting a police officer.

Jamal Tahari holds a Master Degree in Applied Language Studies and Research in Higher Education from Fez University.