“I am calling for a law that would separate between genders at schools for [the students] to give better performance, more complete discipline,” the teacher posted on Facebook.
Rabat – A Moroccan teacher has caused controversy after calling for a law to support single-gender education.
On September 6, Redouane Chakdani posted a call on his Facebook page for a law to separate girls and boys at schools. Chakdani believes that separating the genders will mean“better performance and more complete discipline.”
The teacher’s statement divided public opinion. Some internet users supported his suggestion but others criticized Chakdani.
One of his followers wrote: “the best thing they can do is to apply single-gender education.”
However, another Facebook user said that “students and parents themselves will stand against this initiative.”
“I agree, but in Morocco, you will find a strong opposition, especially from some self-styled NGOs defending rights,” posted a third Facebook user.
The teacher also took to his Facebook several times to defend his point of view. In one post, Chadkani said that he had received “dozens of messages with Chadkani accused those who disagree with his suggestion of not following the teachings of Islam, calling them non-believers.
Goud.ma, a local news outlet described the teacher as an ISIS member suggesting that Chadkani’s perspective stems from an extreme interpretation of Islam. The news outlet called on the Ministry of Education to intervene.
“Where is the Ministry of Education as it has such ISIS members. Some teachers left everything, asking for a single-gender education at Moroccan public schools,” the news outlet posted on Facebook.
One of the Facebook commentaries strongly criticized the teacher’s suggestion.
“So mixed-gender education is the reason why school system is not good? It is necessary to search to find the best solutions to improve the quality of education in Moroccan school. It is serious.”
Another Facebook user said, “Instead of looking for solutions to save our education system,(…) this mister is speaking of mixed-gender education! It’s really unfortunate.”