By Rachid Khouya
By Rachid Khouya
Morocco World News
Es-Smara, Morocco, June 6, 2012
The school year has come to an end in Morocco. Some students are already enjoying their success and some others are still asking themselves what would be their destiny as they have not studied anything this year and they have not yet passed their final exam.
I would not evaluate the whole school year, but I would like just to raise a question that the new Minister of education and the government as a whole have treated indifferently and avoided to talk about it. It is the issue of those primary school students who have not studied the entire year as their teachers have been striking regularly and continuously in an attempt to attract the attention of the responsibilities, but in vain.
We have already talked and written about the problem of those teachers known as “teachers of cell 9” who have spent more than two decades at the same grade without getting either their promotion or their professional rights. The government has been indifferent to their strikes and to their demonstrations locally where they work and in the capital as the minister of education believed that by closing the doors of communication with those teachers, they will oblige them go back to their schools and work.
But those teachers preferred to face the stubbornness and the deafness of the ministry with the same policy. So for the last two or three months, they have been in open strikes and are still determined not to give the final marks to their administrations and students.
The problem today is too late to be solved: The school year had its end and the students have not studied anything at all. They have been in holiday mode all year and now the summer holiday is upon them. The question that is being asked by parents and citizens is: “how could the schools treat this problem? And who will give those innocent students the final marks so as to pass to the next level?”
Maybe some parents and students would not worry about what their children have studied as long as they guaranteed the success of their students as some headmasters tell parents. But still, this is shameful. How could students who have not studied in grades 3 or 4 move to the next grade without getting any competencies, lessons, or skills?
Imagine that the same problem happened in a Western country, how would their minster of education react? How would the citizen’s react? What I do not understand too is why does the Moroccan press prefer the corner of silence towards this problem and why does nobody talk about these marginalized children of the marginalized people?
Maybe because they are just students of public schools, so it is the same, they will study anyway whether they study or not, they will move to the next class. This happens only in the beloved Morocco, and we talk about reforming the educational system.