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Moroccan Contractual Teachers to Keep Striking Until April 25

Contractual teachers stated that their strike will continue beyond April 25.

Rabat – Although the Moroccan Ministry of Education had said it would not take legal measures against striking contractual teachers if they returned to work on Monday, April 15, the teachers are continuing their strike until April 25.

The contractual teachers’ five most representative unions held a first round of negotiations with the Ministry of Education on April 13.

The unions stated that the government failed to meet contractual teachers’ primary demand, which is to be integrated into the public sector and for the government to end employment under fixed-term contracts.

On March 9, the government proposed ending contracts, and permanently employing the teachers within regional academies, and guaranteeing them all the rights and labor protection permanent teachers have. Teachers refused the proposal.

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The next round of negotiations is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23. But the dialogue will likely not result in any agreement between the government and the representatives of “the forcibly contracted teachers,” as they call themselves.

In a statement, the National Coordination of the Forcibly Contracted Teachers (CNPCC) said it believes that the government will not act in favor of the contractual teachers to integrate them into the public sector. The coordination stated that the strike, in this case, will continue beyond April 25.

On Sunday, Morocco’s Ministry of Education announced it had reached an agreement with the contractual teachers following a meeting with the five most representative education unions and human rights representatives.

All parties agreed that contractual teachers would resume work starting Monday. However, some teachers are still protesting, but others resumed work.

The protests started February 18-20, when hundreds of contractors took to the streets to denounce the government’s “disregard” for their needs, “poor” social dialogue negotiations, problems in education and healthcare, and the deterioration of their situation.