Challenges and obstacles of a booming industry

Despite criticisms of their tuition fees, which remain quite high, private educational institutions in Morocco continue to attract many Moroccans who have now lost confidence in public schools. Proof of this is the figures from the Alliance for Private Education in Morocco, which indicated that this sector achieved a turnover of about 20 billion dirhams for the year 2019-2020. Not to mention the number of private institutions numbering a staggering 6,922 and serving more than one million and 105,000 students a year, according to the same source.

Speaking on the occasion of its 8th Congress of this body, President Abdeslam Amor affirmed that “for 30 years the Alliance has remained true to its moral obligations by continuing its efforts aimed at ensuring the continuity of the private school sector.” in the performance of its services, according to what has been established by the constitutional, legislative and reformist references, especially at the level of generalization and extension of compulsory education”.

Difficulty climbing up

Be that as it may, the private sector, which has been booming since the early 2000s, also suffers from several ills, which the aforementioned Alliance listed in a recently released report. On the subject, Mr Amor expressed “the state of fear the sector is experiencing because of the various attacks and smear campaigns it is undergoing, depriving it of its legitimate rights and ignoring its pioneering role that the state has invoked to popularize schooling.” and to ease the financial burden of the state”.

For example, the President of the Alliance called for the speeding up of the debates and the implementation of a new contract between the state and the private sector and the regions with a view to promoting the education system and generalization on a large scale.

In this sense, he recalled that the Alliance had expressed its satisfaction with the content of the National Charter for Education and Training (2000-2009), as well as the Strategic Vision for Reform (2015-2030) and the will of the state to improve the quality of private education as an essential part of the system, but also as a partner of the state in the promotion of this system and of public education.

The said Alliance has in fact confirmed its commitment to continue to actively contribute to the consolidation of the country’s constitutional constants, as a fundamental reference in the pedagogical model adopted in the education system. “Public and private schools are two complementary units that aim to prepare students and teach them basic skills and ensure the elements of social and professional integration,” she said.

Transformation of the Moroccan school

For his part, the deputy director in charge of promoting private school education in the Ministry of Supervision, Slimane Karchi, emphasized that the strategic vision in the general report on the new development model gives the reform site a central priority, noting that the challenge today consists of accelerating the transformation of Moroccan schools so that they meet quality standards and strengthen equality at the territorial and social level.

The expected change will affect all components of this school and its human, educational and organizational foundations and their relationship with families, the environment and users, he added, highlighting that major projects have been launched related to overseeing these. sector and its organization from a legal and organizational point of view, in addition to relations with families which should be based on the principles of contracting and transparency. The supervising ministry is on track to build a high quality Moroccan school using the proposals and contributions of all partners and stakeholders, to ensure the education of students and the development of their capacities, and the promotion of Morocco as a democratic nation and a pioneering power thanks to the capabilities of its citizens.

In short, the Alliance of Private Education in Morocco has called for the acceleration of the activation of the law of the Mohammed VI Social Works Foundation to extend the benefit to the employees of private school education institutions, and ensure positive mediation to maintain a healthy and balanced relationship between families and institutions, taking into account the interests of the student and guaranteeing the rights and obligations of all components involved.

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