Minister of Education Said Amzazi announced on Monday that registration for the Tayssir program will be extended one week.
Rabat – Moroccan citizens can continue to apply for registration in the “Tayssir” (Facilitation) program which provides funding for parents to enroll children in schools, until Monday, January 7.
The education ministry had set the deadline for registration as December 22 but decided to postpone it at the request of a student-parent association.
According to the minister’s communique, the extension period will also allow citizens to apply for the Medical Insurance Plan for the Financially Underprivileged (RAMED).
Moroccan applicants can register by filling in an application form and attaching their own ID cards and the children’s birth certificates.
The Tayssir program is one of the government’s efforts to facilitate access to education for all children and reduce the dropout rate.
Tayssir provides parents cash payments to formally enroll children aged 6 to 15 in school.
In July, Amzazi said that he wants to reduce the rate of school drop-outs from 5.7 percent in rural primary schools to 1 percent by 2024-2025.
According to a December 2018 report from Morocco’s National Observatory for Human Development (ONDH), 93 percent of 6 to 11-year-olds were enrolled in primary schools in 2017.
Enrollment rates dropped off for older children. Only 61 percent of 12 to 14-year-olds were enrolled in secondary school in 2017. For high school, only 37 percent of 15 to 17-year-olds were enrolled.
The education ministry also wants to increase Tayssir’s beneficiaries from 700,000 to 2.1 million beneficiaries