The government's decision is likely to put more pressure on contractual teachers, who have been protesting for better working conditions.
Rabat – The spokesperson of the Moroccan government, Mustapha El Khalfi, has expressed satisfaction with all government proposals to end the protests of teachers who describe themselves as the “forcibly contractual teachers.”
The contractual teachers, who have been protesting for four weeks in a row, are demanding better civil service benefits offered in the public sector.
In response, the government has offered to abolish recruitment of teachers through contracts and hire the teachers as full employees of the regional academies of education.
The teachers, however, found the offer unacceptable, arguing that regional academies lack the human and financial resources they need.
El Khalfi said that the government has responded to all demands of the teachers as their status changed from being contractual employees to “regional employees.”
El Khalfi argued that the aim is to “enable these teachers to be equal to the rest of the national education sector.”
In the press conference held after the weekly cabinet meeting on Thursday, El Khalfi emphasized that the teachers should have reacted “positively” with the government’s measures, “especially as the contract was canceled.”
El Khalfi added that the measure offered by the government is “irreversible.”
“The government did everything it could, and adopted a vision that was implemented gradually but quickly.”
He added that the government will deal with the continuous strike by the teachers using measures within the law. “Regional academies will take the necessary measures to ensure the interests of students andto stem classes’ losses.
Contractual teachers have been conducting strikes across the country.
Said Amzazi, Morocco’s Minister of Education and Vocational Training, has already unveiled the government’s measures to deal with contractual teachers.
In a Wednesday joint press conference with El Khalfi, Amzazi said that the government will send teachers warnings of expulsion and will cut their wages if they do not return to their work.
Amzazi said that contractual teachers are hampering their students’ education with their strike and demonstrations.
“Despite the serious efforts we have made there is this coordination which incites employees at regional vocational training academies to stop working for the fourth week now. We are questioning, what is the legal status of this coordination? And does it have the legitimacy to lead a strike?” Amzazi asked.
It remains to be seen whether the contractual teachers will resume their strikes, or the government’s statement to dismiss them for their absence will convince them to go back to work.