Raissouni is joining a number of scholars who strongly criticized the heads of political parties that backed a draft law allowing schools to teach scientific subjects in French.
Rabat – The president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Ahmed Al Raissouni, has strongly criticized the heads of political parties who support draft Law 51.17, which seeks to adopt French as a language of teaching in scientific subjects in Moroccan schools.
Raissouni said that Arabic should come first, and then English, “and then [we can] look for a place for French.”
The scholar warned that students’ proficiency in foreign languages is low because students cannot interact with classes in French and English.
Raissouni argued that “if science should be taught in a foreign language, it must be taught in English.”
The scholar added that “English should come first, Spanish second, and then French.”
According to Raissouni, Morocco has to come out of “this monopoly, because French monopolizes Morocco, intellectuals, thinkers, and students.”
Raissouni’s statement added to the recent remarks by former Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane, who criticized members of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) which he previously led.
According to Benkirane, the draft law is unconstitutional and against the principles of his party.
The draft law, according to education minister Said Amzazi is in line with the Strategic Vision for the Reform of the Moroccan School launched by the Higher Council for Education, Training, and Scientific Research in 2015.
Amzazi argued that “some subjects should be taught in a foreign language,” alluding to French.
Benkirane, however, called on all members of the PJD to abstain from voting on the draft law. Benkirane also called on Head of Government and Secretary-General of the PJD Saad Eddine El Othmani to resign if necessary, suggesting that a resignation would be more honorable than giving up on the party’s principles.