Rabat - 15 percent of Moroccan students smoke, 13 percent use drugs inside their educational institution and 10% use alcohol, according to a new study conducted by the National Program of Learning Assessment (PNEA).
Rabat – 15 percent of Moroccan students smoke, 13 percent use drugs inside their educational institution and 10% use alcohol, according to a new study conducted by the National Program of Learning Assessment (PNEA).
The study, which was conducted in cooperation with the Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research, also found that violence in Moroccan high schools remains widespread.
One-fifth of the students involved in the study resort to violence, whether verbal or physical abuse, according to the study. One-fifth are subjected to aggression and harassment and 18 pecent of the students reported being sexually or morally harassed often.
The study said that girls often suffer harassment contrary to boys, showing that the proportion of girls, who are harassed either from their professor or from administration officials reached 19 percent. The rate for boys is only moderately lower, at standing at 16 percent.
Regarding the phenomenon of abuse within schools, the study shows that an average of 19 percent of students have teachers, who were victims of verbal abuse themselves. Sixteen percent have professors who have been victims of physical violence.
Forty-five percent of the students studied were subjected to verbal violence from their professors and 13 percent have professors who could potentially practice physical violence against them.
The study added that 23 percent of students do not attend their classes regularly, in addition to 22 percent who do not respect cleanliness and do not safeguard the spaces of their institutions.
It appears that the number of Moroccan teenagers who are addicted to drugs and alcohol is on the rise. Based on a study conducted by the Biochemistry and Nutrition and Cellular Biology Group, in affiliation with Casablanca’s Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, approximately 600,000 Moroccans are addicted to drugs, with 16,000 addicted to hard drugs like heroin and cocaine.