The education ministry has declared it will not continue dialogue with teachers’ representatives until teachers return to work.
Rabat – The Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research said in a statement that it has “suspended the meeting to be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, with the coordinations that most represent of teachers.”
The education ministry noted that it made on the grounds that striking teachers “breached the obligations” they agreed to in the April 13 meeting of returning to work on Monday, April 15.
The Coordination of Teachers “Forced into Contracts” (CNPCC), however, blames the education ministry for “flagrantly violating” the April 13 agreement.
The teachers’ groups asserted in a statement that the ministry breached the April 13 agreement by “continuing to take legal actions [dismissals] against striking teachers, especially those working in academies in the southern region, and did not postpone professional qualifying examinations.”
In response, teachers continued to strike and decided to press ahead with protests until April 25 or longer, threatening to push for a “blank year” of not returning to work for 12 months.
The education ministry also denied CNPCC’s claim that the ministry broke its promises. “Contrary to what has been said, the ministry adhered to what was agreed by suspending all administrative and legal measures taken against teachers.”
The legal measures include the payment of suspended wages, the re-examination of the situation of suspended teachers, and the postponement of professional qualifying examinations.
The ministry concluded that there is “no way it could engage in dialogue in the absence of the minimum requirements to negotiate a serious and responsible solution.”
It added that it would “resume dialogue on the condition that teachers return to work.”
Teachers’ representatives and the education ministry have held several meetings to work out a solution.
Contractual teachers have been rallying the streets of Moroccan cities since February 20, demanding to be hired into the public sector, the abolishment of fixed-term contracts, and for the government to end “discrimination” between contractual teachers and public sector teachers.