Rabat – The Ministry of Education, Professional Training, and Higher Learning has warned a number of private universities against the growing practice of advertising for unaccredited university curricula.
In a press statement released earlier this week, the ministry called on private institutes of higher education to refrain from using manipulated or fake data to attract students to their faculties or departments that have not received the ministry’s approval.
Arguing that a number of universities have resorted to attracting students with attractive-looking curricula and international partnerships for which they have no authorization from the ministry, the press release reminded universities to “uphold the principles of transparency, loyal competition, and equity of opportunities which constitute the bedrock of Morocco’s educational system.”
The press statement emphasized the importance of credibility and social trust as pillars of academic practice. The search for more customers should not be used as bait, the ministry said.
“It is forbidden to open enrollment for departments that have not been recognized by the ministry,” said the statement. It added that there are also private universities which have not even been accredited.
The ministry concluded that certificates and all other documents obtained in such conditions are null and void. It provided a website where information regarding universities’ status can be found and urged parents and university candidates to do so to avoid falling prey to such scams.