Regional education directorates have released a third new time-table following this week’s student protests asking the government to keep the traditional time-table.
Rabat- The Ministry of Education’s regional directorates of Tangier-Asilah-Tetouan-Fnideq, and Casablanca-Settat’s regional Academy of Education and Training (AREF) announced a new change in the school time-table on Friday evening.
Beginning Monday, November 12, high school students will go to school from 8:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m, after the two-hour lunch break, school will resume at 2:30 p.m. to 06:30 P.m. The decision follows a series of protests by students in several regions of the country.
No new changes have affected the primary school time-table in the two regions.
In the traditional time-table, public schools open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. with a 2 hour-lunch break from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
The last new time-table set by the government on November 1, entails that urban schools will start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. with a two-hour lunch break between 1 and 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
For schools in rural areas, students will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break from Monday to Friday.
For schools with two teachers sharing a classroom, the ministry gave alternate time-tables. The altered time tables mean students will have less time at school but will not have to attend school in the dark. Schools will go back to the traditional time-table in the spring.
Hundreds of students in Marrakech, Fez, Meknes, Sale, Casablanca, Beni Mellal, Khenifra, Errachidia, and the town of Kelaat Sraghna in central Morocco went out on marches throughout the week to condemn the government’s last-minute decision to stay on GMT+1 after Daylight Saving Ttime. The students called on the government to move back to the previous standard time, GMT.