The Ministry expressed surprise at the decision of labor unions representing the contractual teachers to refuse dialogue.
Despite the end of strikes and protests, the co-representatives of the contractual teachers appear to have refused to enter into further dialogue with the ministry.
On Thursday, the Ministry issued a statement to express surprise at the decision of the major labor union representatives and the senior members of the Regional Academies of Education and Training (AREEF), to boycott the meeting scheduled for yesterday, Thursday, May 23, “despite the various measures taken to hold this meeting.”
In the statement, the Ministry also emphasized its commitment to “coordinate with the relevant government authorities to find the appropriate solutions.”
The contractual teachers decided to suspend their strikes in April, stressing that the decision was for the benefit of their students and a desire to protect the rights of Moroccan students.
In a statement issued by the National Coordination of the ‘Forcibly Contracted Teachers,” union representatives stressed the protests would be suspended only with the students’ needs in mind, while the teachers would wear black badges during working days to “mourn the dignity of teachers.’
The contractual teachers had been in a strike for nearly two months, protesting poor working conditions.
The teachers, who described themselves as “forcibly contractual educators,” due to a strategy put in place in 2016, by the Moroccan government to hire teachers under annually renewable contracts.
The teachers have been rallying in the street since February 20, demanding to be hired into the public sector. The contractual teachers also called for the abolishment of fixed-term contracts, calling for the end of “discrimination” between contractual teachers and public sector teachers.
Following the decision to suspend the protests, the Moroccan government, especially the Ministry of Education vowed to facilitate dialogue with labor unions to meet their demands.
Earlier in May, the Minister of Education, Said AMzazi also announced his decision to suspend all the administrative measures taken against the teachers.