Taroudante - The months-long standoff between Rabat’s teacher-trainees and the government over the government’s two controversial decrees ended Wednesday when all parties were able to come to an amicable solution.
Taroudante – The months-long standoff between Rabat’s teacher-trainees and the government over the government’s two controversial decrees ended Wednesday when all parties were able to come to an amicable solution.
During the meeting on Wednesday, April 20, between representatives of the teacher-trainees and the Wali of Rabat, both parties reached a tentative agreement that put an end the teacher-trainees’ strike that has lasted nearly six months.
The meeting was attended by the Wali of Rabat and the technical commission tasked with resolving the dispute following the agreement of April 13, which along with representatives of the teacher-trainees, included representatives of the Ministries of Education Finance, and Public Service. Also in attendance were spokespersons from the trade union federations and representatives of the Civil Initiative.
The government agreed to recruit all teacher-trainees in January 2017.
In line with the agreement, teacher-trainees should resume their formal training from April 25 until July 2016.
As for the practical training, it will take place from September – the beginning of the next school year – until December, at which time they will undergo an exam. This will be regarded as a mere formality, to be held instead of the end-of-training exams.
Both parties have agreed that the amount of the monthly allowances during the theoretical training will be fixed at MAD 1,200 and MAD 2,800 for practical training from September till December.
Teacher-trainees demanded that the amount of compensation be increased to MAD 3,000 during the period of practical training, but the Wali initially refused it.
In almost 6 months, Moroccan teacher trainees have boycotted training in its theoretical and practical aspects, protesting two governmental decrees – N: 588-15-2 and N: 589-15-2, which respectively separated teacher training from employment placement programs and cut the amount of training scholarships in half.
Moroccan unions, representatives of the Civil Initiative and the National Coordinating Committee of Teacher-Trainees called on the government to bring the two decrees into the social dialogue.