The number of classes in public preschool education has so far reached 30,000, an increase of 344% compared to the 2019-2020 school year, revealed on Monday, the Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, Chakib Benmoussa.
In response to an oral question in the House of Representatives on the generalization of pre-school education in rural areas, the Minister explained that, to achieve this objective, several actions have been implemented.
This concerns in particular the creation of 4,000 to 5,000 preschool education units each year, including 2,000 units by the National Initiative for Human Development, particularly in rural areas, the construction and equipment of preschool education units in accordance with the specifications and standards specific to this type of education, the allocation of sections to civil society associations and national associations with extensive experience in the field of preschool education and with the resources and necessary capacities to select the educators at the level of the douars and to ensure their training of the required quality, he detailed.
As for the number of public pre-school education classes, including those carried out within the framework of the National Initiative for Human Development, the Minister specified that this reached 30,000 classes, compared to 6,750 for the 2019-2020 school year, an increase of 344%.
And in the aim of improving education in rural areas, the official underlines that the ministry is working on several axes, in particular theExpanding the school offer by creating an average of 100 educational establishments per year in rural areas, at all levels of education. ” For the next school year, it is planned to open 203 new establishments, including 130 in rural areas, thus representing 64% of the total.” , he said.
The ministry also plans to build 2,000 classes for primary education each year, as part of the national initiative for human development in rural areas, in addition to theincrease in the number of community schools which now stands at 271 schools, an increase of 119 community schools compared to the 2019-2020 school year, with the aim of reducing secondary establishments and improving social support services, in particular school transport, in collaboration with elected councils.
Similarly, Benmoussa indicated that these axes also concern the improvement of the working conditions of teachers present in remote areas, particularly in rural and mountainous areas, as well as theimproving the educational offer by setting up educational support activities to overcome learning difficulties, particularly in rural areas.
It is essential, according to the minister, to adopt new teaching methods based on an approach to teaching adapted to the TARL level and on effective teaching, which will be implemented in a large number of educational establishments from the next school year, before evaluating this experience and generalizing it.
Regarding the question on the creation of libraries in educational establishments, Benmoussa assured that the ministry aims to strengthen parallel school activities and make reading one of the fundamental pillars to improve language skills and develop life skills. ” A pedagogical model has been adopted, giving particular importance to reading in the learning process” , he added.
In addition, more than 1.5 million books have been distributed to all primary schools in the Kingdom during the 2021-2022 school year, the minister continued, saying that regular reading activities are scheduled as part of primary education, included in the students’ timetable, and schools are supplied with books for this purpose.
He explains in particular that participation in national and international competitions such as the National Reading Project and the Arabic Reading Challenge aims to establish reading and strengthen its presence in the school environment, by consolidating its supervision in educational establishments and improving the expertise of educational supervisors.
In this sense, Benmoussa recalled the signing of a partnership and cooperation framework agreement to promote reading in schools with the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication on the sidelines of the International Publishing and Book Fair last June. In addition, and within the framework of the leadership institutions project, the ministry is endeavoring to equip primary education classes with special libraries with a large number of books to encourage pupils to read regularly.