Towards the adoption of sanctions against parents?

Towards the adoption of sanctions against parents?

The government plans to adopt a new law imposing sanctions and financial fines on parents of students to fight against school dropouts and absenteeism. The reason is none other than the school absenteeism rate in the three education cycles, which has currently reached 5.3%. This represents approximately 331,000 students who drop out of school each year.

The Ministry of National Education, Preschool Education and Vocational Training has declared that this situation is not tolerable and has included the reduction of school absenteeism among its objectives in its new roadmap.

To combat this problem, the government plans to set up a system for early monitoring of students who are likely to drop out of school or encounter health or psychological problems that hinder their learning.

The bill, submitted by the head of government, Aziz Akhannouch, to the Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research for an opinion before submitting it to the approval procedure, provides for dissuasive financial penalties. Persons responsible for the custody of the child who do not respect the obligation to register for school education may be sentenced to a fine ranging from 2,000 to 5,000 dirhams, with an increase in the amount in the event of recidivism.

Also, enrollment in school education becomes compulsory for all Moroccan children aged four and over until the age of 16, including those with disabilities. The State undertakes to provide a guaranteed place in the educational establishment closest to the place of residence of the child and to ensure his education until the end of compulsory education, including primary education. and college secondary education.

The draft also requires the state to register out-of-school or out-of-school children as well as school-age adults in pre-school education or vocational training after acquiring the necessary skills.

Responsibility for the custody of the child rests with the parents, guardians, custodians or directors of social welfare institutions. In the event of a conflict between the parents, the administration must take into account the best interests of the child by ensuring the regular monitoring of his studies in coordination with the competent public prosecutor’s office.

The bill also stipulates that any person responsible for the care of the child must enroll the child in compulsory school education as soon as he reaches the required age and ensure that he attends and participates in the educational activities of school.

A coordination commission will be set up at the level of each province or region to supervise the process of enrolling children in school education and to propose measures to fight against dropping out and dropping out of school.

The project also aims to strengthen and expand the network of communal schools, particularly in rural areas, to generalize compulsory school education.

Also, the State plans to grant direct financial assistance to disadvantaged families in order to support them in the compulsory enrollment of their children in school and to protect them against the risk of dropping out of school. Partnerships will be established between regional education and training academies, local authorities, public institutions, civil society associations and the private sector to develop and support municipal schools.

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