Rabat – The ministry of national education, vocational training, higher education and scientific research’s headquarters in Rabat hosted yesterday, October 10, the inauguration ceremony of the 2019-2020 academic year of second chance schools.
During the ceremony, minister of education Said Amzazi announced the opening of 46 new second chance schools.
Second chance schools are schools for young people, aged between 12 and 20, who dropped out of school and would like to get back to studying. They aim to offer vocational training in different industries, coupled with basic language, communication, and soft skills classes.
The slogan for the new academic year is; “The second chance programme in the heart of school, equity, and citizenship.”
Amzazi gave a speech during the ceremony. He thanked all the partner organizations of the second chance schools project, including UNICEF and the European Union. He also announced that the ministry will sign new partnerships with more institutions across Morocco.
The minister also recalled the department’s goal to open 80 second chance schools in Morocco by 2021. The ministry of education carried out extensive research and field investigations to determine the best training and education programs for students registered in second chance schools.
Amzazi also presented signed contracts to directors of the regional academies of education. The contracts relate to the opening of 46 new second chance schools. There are currently 32 second chance schools educating students in Morocco.
Last academic year, more than 3,600 students attended classes and trainings in second chance schools. This year, the number is expected to almost double, up to 7,000.