Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Morocco's Education Revolution Continues

In a controversial move, Morocco is about to scrap its "free education for all" policy in favor of a sliding scale system, with the richer kids paying tuition and the poorest paying none. The intended change was announced on Monday by Higher Education Minister Lahcen Daoudi.

Lahcen Daoudi

The resistance to the initiative is not coming from parents who will have to fork out money for their children's education, but those who have been enjoying secure positions for years - the teachers. The teachers' unions are already in an uproar over the new system, which will be in place beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year, and which does away with seniority-based promotions in favor of merit-based advancement, following the US publish or perish model.

The reform especially affects students fo higher learning institutions, which so far have been completely free of charge.

The government is also looking at creative financing methods, such as foreign investments in Morocco's education system. France is a probable partner given its past colonial relationship with Morocco, while Russia is planning to open a multidisciplinary, 14-department university in Casablanca, with courses taught in English and Russian.


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