Head of government Aziz Akhannouch unveiled on Monday the main commitments of his cabinet for the next five-year term. Among these commitments are the ranking of Morocco among the 60 best countries in terms of education systems, the increase in teachers’ salaries as well as the opening of dialogue with the actors of the sector.
Commitments which the most representative unions in the sector have taken note of with great interest, confides Abdelghani Raki, general sectarian of the office of the National Education Union (SNE) affiliated to the CDT, but which nevertheless raises two questions. : When and how will it be done?
” The head of government has pledged to increase wages, especially for those with very low wages. But he announced another strong commitment that concerns all Moroccans, and not just teachers, namely to place Morocco in the top 60 in terms of the education system. We believe of course that we must defend the school first before defending the teaching professionals. And starting from there, we welcome the government’s commitment with open arms and we even consider it to be one of the best commitments put forward by the Executive.“, Indicates the trade unionist.
For the secretary general of the SNE, it is time to come out of the disgraceful rankings for our country, especially when we see that Gaza, in Palestine, which is at war and under embargo, is ranked among the first in terms of education or even Jordan or Egypt, etc.
” In comparison with the countries of the MENA region or Africa, we are far from our neighbors in terms of reading and calculation, etc.“, He added Raki.
Dialogue, an emergency for education unions
The newly appointed head of government also promised national education professionals the opening of a dialogue to move things forward in the sector. Another positive commitment noted by the unions who complain about the lack of communication with the office of the former Minister of National Education, Said Amzazi, for more than 2 years.
” The claims of professionals have accumulated over the past two years precisely because of the lack of communication with the supervisory authority. Today we have reached 23 unrealized files. We therefore hope to open a dialogue as soon as possible with the new minister, Chakib Benmoussa.“, Wishes the trade unionist.
Regarding the increase in salaries, Abdelghani Raki specifies that it will only concern teachers with a minimum salary (5,000 dhs), and not other professionals in the sector of scales 6, 7, 8 and 9 who receive much less than that.
On the other hand, the trade unionist believes that the increase should concern all teachers, even if it is an unfair increase.
” Moroccan wage earners today, especially the middle class of which we are part as teachers, bear the brunt of the rise in the standard of living and the increase observed in several basic necessities. In our case, we have fixed salaries. With the standard of living constantly increasing while wages do not move, this poses a hell of a problem for us. We therefore hope to see a general increase in wages. It may not be fair. That is, significantly increasing people with minimum wages, compared to a minimal increase for people with average wages. But everyone needs a pay rise to cover the rising standard of living“, Believes Abdelaghni Raki.
In short, the achievement of the three commitments made by the head of government is feasible if several cases are resolved, in particular the case of teachers recruited by contract with the AREFs.
” If there had been in-depth and pragmatic discussions on the subject, we could have solved this issue a long time ago, by sitting down to table with all the stakeholders, mainly the teachers concerned. We could have found a consensus. Especially since this recruitment from AREF has created a division among teachers in the public sector“, Observes the trade unionist.
In any case, the priority today among the most representative unions in the sector remains the status which concerns all categories of professionals in the sector.
” We hope for the release of a unified and fair statute which will allow the resolution of several files, in particular that of contractual teachers.s ”, hopes the trade unionist.
If the unions most representative of the education sector remain optimistic about the commitments put forward by the new head of government, they nevertheless wonder about the timetable for their implementation.