Meknes - On July 30, 2015, a royal speech was given on the occasion of the Throne feast in which the King warned against three misconceptions within the Moroccan education system.
Meknes – On July 30, 2015, a royal speech was given on the occasion of the Throne feast in which the King warned against three misconceptions within the Moroccan education system.
The first misconception raised in the royal speech is the learning of foreign languages. Students in technical and scientific fields place less importance on languages because they believe that it is useless. This is a misconception according to the King.
The sovereign added that some consider learning foreign languages as an acculturation. On the contrary, “we believe that foreign language is a source of enrichment as announced by the constitution. It is by learning other languages that ??we become more open [to the teachings of other cultures],”said the Sovereign.
Teaching is “key” to progress and democracy. Why Families now prefer private schools and schools with a foreign education, the King asked.
“The answer is clear: they are looking for appropriate education, based on open-mindedness, critical analysis and foreign language acquisition, which will enable their children to access the job market and start their professional lives,” he said.
The second misconception is the baccalaureate, which is viewed as a monster that it is feared by Moroccans. The King noted that it was sad to see that the baccalaureate is “seen as a matter of life or death for the student and his family”.
“The expected reform should also rid society of the narrow view that the baccalaureate certificate is a matter of life and death for students and their families, and that without it their future may be compromised,” the King noted.
Each year, this event destabilizes the minds of young students and their families. This year, it led to protests. Acts of fraud were committed despite the strong fraud prevention system put in place by the Ministry of Education. Dozens of people were arrested pending the conclusion of investigations.
This “problem” does not end when the examination period is finished and even less at the time of the results. The reason is simple: Even with satisfactory results, students must still go through a complicated and competitive struggle to integrate a college.
During his speech, the King also raised the citizen’s lack of interest in the technical and professional program, ensured by the Office of Professional Training and Labor Promotion (OFFP). The Office is a Moroccan public body, which offers short and practical training for young people to better integrate the labor market
The Monarch stressed the importance of vocational training and called for turning into a tool that would enable the integration of youth in the job market.
“Vocational training has become the cornerstone of all development sectors and we need to move from the conventional model of academic education to a dual training system that will ensure our youth will be employed,” he noted.
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