Contractual Teachers are protesting the government’s long-standing; negligence of their demands.
Rabat – Moroccan contractual teachers are embracing the new year with another series of demonstrations in order to denounce the government’s negligence to their demands.
The coalition of contractual teachers announced in a statement, published on Wednesday, January 1, the staging of 6-day national sit-in throughout the month of January.
Contractual teachers are staging a strike today, Thursday, January, and Friday, in addition to a planned protest from January 28-31.
In the statement, the coalition accuses the Ministry of Education, headed by Said Amzazi, of failing to fulfill their promises to respond to the teachers’ demands.
“The Moroccan state has shown no signs of goodwill in this regard, from the start of the current school year to today,” reads the statement.
The coalition regretted the absence of any dialogue with the ministry to find concrete and definitive solutions.
Teachers are also planning a national march in Casablanca during the second strike on January 29, in response to the management of the regional academies and regulations concerning promotion.
Contractual teachers are striving to obtain the same labor protections as permanent teachers, health care, a pension fund, early retirement in case of a permanent sickness, and the right to promotions to posts with greater responsibilities.
Contractual teachers are employed for a fixed term within regional academies and are at risk of being fired at any time.
Compared to permanent teachers who are employed as regular government employees, contractual teachers are entitled to a smaller pension after retirement. Although they receive the same salary, contractors are paid by the academies with whom they have a contract.