Taroudant - A draft agreement was reportedly reached on Saturday between teacher trainees and the Moroccan government.
Taroudant – A draft agreement was reportedly reached on Saturday between teacher trainees and the Moroccan government.
According to Medias24, the agreement was reached, a day after the scheduled “big march,” thanks to the mediation of members from civil society and trade unions.
The same source said that the agreement was reached during a meeting held at the headquarters of the “wilaya” of Rabat.
In regards to the agreement, the government will have to recruit all teacher trainees, including the 3,000 additional job roles not covered by the 2016 fiscal year budget.
The same source added that the agreement did not include the annulment of the two decrees, which were the cause of the strike that has now lasted more than three months.
Arabic daily Assabah said that Morocco’s Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane’s first concession —the implementation of the decree separating the training of teachers from recruitment – will be postponed until 2017.
Teacher trainees have categorically rejected the two decrees, expressing their willingness to force the government to backtrack from their implementation.
The first decree announced that teachers’ scholarships should be reduced from MAD 2,000 to MAD 1,200 per month.
The second decree implied that the training would not allow the trainees to join the teaching profession.
After the government refused to open a serious dialogue with teacher trainees, they held several peaceful sit-ins to voice their concerns and protest the government’s decrees. On January 7, teacher trainees at several training centers in many Moroccan cities, were met with “excessive force” by the police.
The recent aggression on teachers gained public attention and more determination to move forward in their peaceful means of demonstration in order to force the government to find a solution to their issue.
They called on all human right activists, politicians, unions and families to take part in a “big march” scheduled for Sunday at 10:00 a.m. local time in Rabat.