Morocco’s DGSN explained its method of dispersing the protesting crowds of contractual teachers in Rabat.
Rabat – On Wednesday, security forces intervened to stop hundreds of protesting contractual teachers from approaching the Royal Palace of Rabat by firing water cannons and manhandling protestors, leading to dozens of injuries.
The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement on Thursday that security forces had to maintain “order and public safety” and stop some protesters who were getting violent.
The protesters supposedly ignored police warnings and were “persistently” engaging in premeditated violations. According to the DGSN, the violations included attempts to trespass “private properties,” acting in ways that “could have undermined the safety of the public.”
Five members of the security forces were also injured during attempts to disperse the event. The DGSN denied allegations reported by some media outlets that it had arrested protesters.
Contractual teachers came to Rabat from various cities in Morocco—Tenghir, Azilal, Taroudant, Agadir, Tiznit, and Chishawah—to participate in the march.
Wearing white teacher robes and demonstrating against fixed-term contracts which they “were forced into,” Moroccan contractual teachers marched from Avenue Mohammed V, where Parliament sits, to Bab Rouah, where the Ministry of Education has its headquarters, in Rabat. The path goes past the entrance to the Royal Palace.
The Moroccan National Coordination of Teachers (CNPCC) organized the march to renew calls to be integrated into the public sector of employment that they say have “fallen on deaf ears,” and rise against the signing of a contract extension for contractual teachers hired in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
To them, signing the extension contracts would be like “showing that they approve of contractual teaching.”
Contractual teachers do not benefit from rights in the employment law like permanent teachers.
Contractual teachers also do not have healthcare coverage and a pension fund. Their salaries come from the educational academies with whom they are contracted for a certain period of time.