Taroudant - Morocco’s Minister of National Education and Vocational Training Rashid Belmokhtar said on March 15 that a certain level of English and French fluency is a prerequisite for candidates to access the regional training centers for educational careers.
Taroudant – Morocco’s Minister of National Education and Vocational Training Rashid Belmokhtar said on March 15 that a certain level of English and French fluency is a prerequisite for candidates to access the regional training centers for educational careers.
In a press conference held on Tuesday in Rabat, the minister said that candidates are required to master both the English and French languages in order to be considered for employment at the Ministry of National Education.
Since his appointment as head of the ministry, Belmokhtar has highlighted the importance of learning and enhancing the teaching of foreign languages as a way to meet the requirements of the global labor market and access scientific and technological developments available in those languages.
“The opening of the national education system to foreign languages, especially in sciences, is essential to improve the ability of younger generations to access the labor market and enhance the competitiveness of Morocco in a rapidly changing world,” the minister said during his interview with MAP.
In response to a wave of criticism from advocates of Arabization in Morocco’s educational system, Belmokhtar said that teaching students foreign languages would not have any negative impact on the status of the Arabic language in the national education system.
He said that the Arabic language has its own privileged position as a constitutional language that no other language can compete with.
Since the beginning of this school year, teacher trainees have boycotted training classes in the diverse regional training centers across Morocco in protest against the ministerial decrees N: 588-15-2 and N: 589-15-2 which separate training from recruitment, and reduce the training scholarship by half.
After several meetings, representatives of teacher trainees and the government did reach a mutually accepted solution to end the teacher trainees’ long strike.