By Hajar Jannad
By Hajar Jannad
Rabat – In the context of a pedagogical reform, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research announced last Tuesday that it will do away with the common entrance tests for higher education admissions beginning in 2016.
Admission to higher education will then be made solely on the basis of performance in the Baccalaureate exams.
Jamila El-Moussali, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Higher Education, revealed this decision while answering a session of questions held at the House of Representatives on June 16. She asserted that this decision would eradicate the problem of “the fairness of the entrance exam.” She also added that the reason behind this decision is that entrance tests are a real burden for families and the Ministry as well.
The Minister of Higher Education Lahcen Daoudi backed this decision and said the current entrance examination system is “unfair.” He said the aim of the Ministry is to reform this system and substitute it with a system of “preselection” to grant equal opportunities to students
Mr. Daoudi said the Ministry of Higher Education will set up a national database with each student’s baccalaureate and regional exam grades. The Ministry will then select the students with the highest grade average to be accepted in a particular institution.
Soumia Benkheldoun, the former Minister Delegate for Higher Education and Scientific Research, declared in a statement to Moroccan new website Hespress that this step would enhance admission to higher education institutions and colleges.