The current school year, Dame Covid obliges, has been exceptionally extended until July. Also the question of tuition fees has been invited into the eternal debate between parents and private establishments. A few institutions taking over or anticipating the events have, of their own free will, opted for exemption, as regards this month which, moreover, should only last until July 4, 2022, in order to relieve the parents of a debt that it would have cost them.
But let it be said, most private institutions cling to this due tuition, even if it is far from being the case for everyone. MoroccoLatestNews noting that three cases of private educational establishments in Tangier, Marrakech and Rabat have engaged in this perception of the thing, have incidentally, cheerfully announced and it is to their credit, that they do not would not collect these costs in such a context.
Asked about the issue, the president of the National Federation of Parents’ Associations in Morocco (FNAPEM), Noureddine Akkouri to enlighten us on this point, told MoroccoLatestNews that all private educational establishments should follow these examples, especially since the Ministry of National Education has announced the effective end of the school year for July 4, 2022 and that all exams will take place before this date.
So, no class during this month. Noureddine Akkouri in his statement to MoroccoLatestNews, “There is no work during the month of July, and therefore, the claim for this month should not be required”. The president of FNAPEM added: “If certain educational institutions take on the task of educational or other support in this month, these requirements can be exercised. As for the one who finished the courses before this deadline, he does not have the right to demand remuneration“, noting that he “Just call for solidarity with private educational institutions“. Akkouri ultimately wondered, “If not, who should stand in solidarity with the families?“.
For his part, Abdeslam Ammor, president of the Alliance of Private Education in Morocco, confirmed that the case was linked to “a contract between the school and the family, which obliges the former to a course granted by the ministry and is linked to the years to come and works to prepare the students for the regular examinations, in return, the performance must be paid in installments“. The school year is more than 10 months. He continued: “We spend an annual tuition and the institution charges a year amount to be paid in installments for 10 months”.
Ammor pointed out that the current controversy “results from the absence of a clear and transparent contract that defines everyone’s obligations and duties“, explaining that “the creation of an internal system that would define the obligations and duties of each party, whether family, school or student, must be part of this agreement“.
Questioned in the hemicycle, the Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sport Chakib Ben Moussa had indicated in this first third of May, before Parliament, that his supervision was working on a draft law reform (no. 06-00) forming a statute for private school education and that his department did not intervene in terms of pricing policy since private education is subject to the law of competition. This means that the controversy is far from over and that there is still a long way to go, despite some good intentions.