By Mohamed Lakdali
By Mohamed Lakdali
Rabat – Teacher trainees are escalating their protest activities after the government’s refusal to engage in dialogue concerning the two controversial decrees issued to separate teacher training from actual employment and to reduce trainees’ scholarships.
Dialogue between teacher trainees and the government has seemingly reached a standstill, after the government rejected all proposals aimed at finding a solution to the crisis during a meeting on Thursday. Chaired by the governor of Rabat and Kenitra, the government announced its adherence to its stance with respect to employment of the current group of teacher trainees who are demanding to be hired at once per the old rules, and for the government to rescind the two controversial decrees.
A source from the national coordination committee confirmed that after a number of meetings and failed attempts by teacher trainees to reach an agreement with the Moroccan government, in view of the government’s intransigence, the trainees will continue their boycott even if the government has called for another dialogue session.
At Thursday’s meeting, the government rejected the teacher trainees’ demand to rescind the decrees, despite some concessions made by the trainees, principal among them relinquishing four months of wages. The source characterized the meeting with the government as “negative.”
There are no signs of any new rounds of dialogue. The national coordinating committee for teacher trainees confirmed that “they will not return to the dialogue with the Interior Ministry,” stating that it may be possible to “have further dialogue in the future with the government or with the Minister in charge of the sector or with other representatives, but not in the current period.”
Teacher trainees will escalate their protest in the coming days, according to the same source. No details were given, except an indication that there may be “surprises.”
Edited by Elisabeth Myers