Rabat – Among the promised reforms of higher education for 2017-2018 academic year, Minister of National Education Mohamed Hassad revealed that three higher institutions will open to accommodate increased numbers of students.
Hassad announced that the three institutions expected to open their doors this year are the Faculty of Law, Economic, and Social Sciences in Tetouan, the School of Technology (EST) in Kenitra, and the School of Technology in Sidi Bennour.
Speaking last week to the members of the Committee on Education, Culture, and Communication of the House of Representatives, Hassad also assured that the initiation of the school year will be completed during the first nine days of September at all academic institutions.
Part of the higher education reform includes the reinforcement of bed capacities in university campus.
The former interior minister and current Minister of Education promised that his ministry will put up 6,140 additional beds by this September, while four new university campuses will open their doors to students in the cities of Nador, Safi, Agadir, and Meknes.
Four academic restaurants will also open in the cities of El Jadida, Settat, Safi, and Nador, with a capacity of 4,000 meals served daily, said the official, adding that 15 medical centers and three newly-rehabilitated centers will see the light of day starting in the 2017-2018 school year.
The sector of vocational training will also see reforms, said Hassad. 29 new establishments, of which 22 are part of the Office for Professional Training and Promotion (OFPPT) will be inaugurated for the 2017-2018 school year.
796 new trainers will be assigned to work in the various vocational training institutions around Morocco, said the minister.
Vocational training institutions will also increase their capacity with the establishment of three new boarding schools, particularly for trainees from rural or disadvantaged areas.