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Education Crisis in Morocco: The Responsibility of Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch in Question

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Lahcen Hammouch
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Lahcen Hammouch is a Journalist. Director of Almouwatin TV and Radio. Sociologist by the ULB. President of the African Civil Society Forum for Democracy.

The continuing crisis in Morocco’s education sector is raising concerns about the devastating consequences that could result from current management. After years of failure of the Moroccan education system, the confidence of the majority of citizens seems to have eroded, raising questions about the responsibility of the government led by Aziz Akhannouch, the current Prime Minister and a businessman with billionaire connections.

Reports, both international and national, continue to highlight the alarming state of education in Morocco. According to a Bank al-Maghrib study, the illiteracy rate in Morocco stands at 32.4%, highlighting the persistent shortcomings of the education system. What’s more, 67% of Moroccan children fail to answer a single reading comprehension question correctly, revealing a profound crisis in the acquisition of fundamental skills.

Against this backdrop, the responsibility of the government, led by businessman and Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch, is becoming a matter of concern, not least because of its role in defining policies and budget allocations. Statistics from the Ministry of National Education show that the proportion of the budget allocated to education remains below international recommendations, not exceeding 5.5% of GDP in 2006.

The scarcity of financial resources allocated to education, as highlighted in a UNESCO study, highlights the political choices that can have a negative impact on the education sector. As Prime Minister and a major player in the government, the responsibility of Aziz Akhannouch and his government team for the education crisis is indisputable. Political decisions, including administrative centralisation and the lack of support in rural areas, are contributing to worsening educational disparities.

It is imperative that the government, under the leadership of Aziz Akhannouch, assumes its share of responsibility for the education crisis by recognising the existing shortcomings and taking concrete steps to reform the system. This involves a review of budgetary policies, structural reforms and a commitment to quality education for all Moroccan citizens. In short, the government’s responsibility for this educational crisis cannot be ignored, and significant action is needed to ensure a brighter educational future for Morocco’s youth.

The strikers, demanding the cancellation of all disciplinary decisions and sanctions linked to their militant activities, firmly reject the statute, both in form and content. Their call also includes a pressing demand for higher pay and pensions. Unfortunately, this situation is having a negative impact on students, who are suffering the repercussions of this conflict.

In the shadow of this persistent educational crisis, the responsibility of the government, embodied by Aziz Akhannouch, Prime Minister and billionaire businessman, is highlighted. The need for far-reaching reforms in the Moroccan education system is becoming imperative to ensure a more promising educational future for the country’s young people.

The government and its Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch had promised to create a million jobs and lift a million families out of poverty. The government majority parties had also promised to raise teachers’ salaries to 7,500 dirhams at the start of their careers, with an increase of around 300 dollars, as well as to increase the salaries of health sector workers.

After an inflation of intentions and promises, we are now living in a worrying silence, with a government that says nothing about the fight against corruption or tax reform.

Originally published at Almouwatin.com

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