By Radouane Belkhadir
By Radouane Belkhadir
Agadir – It was really a black day last Thursday when for the first time in the history of modern Morocco teacher trainees protesting treatment by the Moroccan government were beaten so brutally. Ostensibly attempting to quell a demonstration by the trainees, police forces reacted without mercy, recalling years past of blind oppression by Morocco. It raises the questions of who is accountable for such oppression, and do teacher trainees really deserve such treatment?
Commenting immediately after the police brutality, the Minister of Justice first claimed that he knew nothing about what had happened in Inzegan, one of the cities where teacher trainees receive their training. How can a Minister of Justice, charged with being at the forefront of preserving Moroccans rights, say that he is unaware of what happened to the teacher trainees? Either he really was unaware, and that is a calamity, or he was aware and that is a catastrophe.
Not knowing means that decisions in Morocco are made outside the purview of the government that is supposed to represent Moroccans according to the progressive constitution of 2011. On the other hand, giving orders to police forces to massacre future teachers leads one to conclude that this act reflects, unfortunately, that the government members hold the belief that “we are holders of truth and others should do nothing but submit to our decisions and if they act otherwise, we have the right to treat them according to our doctrines and views.”
Blood was spilled last Thursday that could have been avoided had the head of government been a little humbler and resorted to dialogue instead of turning a deaf ear to the trainees’ calls for justice even though months have gone and they have not been able to go back to their classrooms. A responsible head of government should respond to the smallest movement in his society, not ignore the causes of strikes by future educators that have lasted for months.
Teachers care about their dignity and the dignity of all the Moroccans whom they have the responsibility to teach and educate. Treating teachers without dignity will surely boost more extremist views amongst Moroccans about teachers. Denigrating and brutalizing teachers neither benefits teachers nor society as a whole. To the contrary, educators deserve respect if they are to provide quality education to our future generations.
A society that does not respect its teachers, much less honor them, will result in no good.
Edited by Timothy Filla
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