While Moroccan students had started their school year late, the teachers recruited by contract from the Academies see no harm in escalating again against their tutelage to assert their ” law » integration into the civil service.
The number of strike days led by so-called teachers contractual since the start of the 2021-2022 school year, is impressive. Between February and this month of March, we are at almost two weeks of strike since they have prolonged their escalation because of the arrests and lawsuits against them, without counting the days of strike observed at the very beginning of the year.
Today, the parents of pupils accuse the teachers of not having fulfilled their mission and duty towards their children and impute to them the responsibility for school wastage. For their part, the contractual teachers send the ball back to the supervisory ministry and point it out as being responsible for this situation.
Faced with this game of ping-pong between the stakeholders of this file which has been going on for 3 years already, which takes the real responsibility for this school waste of students who have already been too impacted by the Covid-19 health crisis in addition to the quality of education which is unfortunately not at its highest level.
Asked about it by MoroccoLatestNews UKTaieb Chkili, former Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research (1988-1993), considered that the responsibility is shared between teachers and guardianship.
” The first responsibility lies with teachers who feel that they have a diploma that opens the door to doing as they see fit. And the second responsibility lies with the Ministry of Education, which has agreed to change its habit and no longer organize competitions to select those who have the skills necessary to exercise the teaching profession.“, advanced the former minister.
Today, these teachers, who were estimated at the very beginning at 50,000 then 100,000 then 150,000, have a contract with the Academies and therefore express agressive that they have nothing to do with the general administration, he continues, stressing that this is where the problem arises.
According to Taeib Chkili, these so-called teachers contractual » want to join the civil service to take advantage of all the advantages of civil servants, in particular transfer. Instead of teaching in Tameslouht, a teacher can ask to be transferred to Rabat or Casablanca, qualifying the initiative to integrate these teachers with the AREFs as an error.
” In the 80s, a person with a license passed a pre-selection competition. Among 1,000 people, we took 100 or 150 teachers, according to our needs and according to their skills. We trained them scientifically, then we sent them for vocational training. It wasn’t excellent, but at least we had teachers who knew what it was to teach and had a sense of duty. It no longer exists. Today, we took 150,000 teachers and told them go teach our children. But the latter are not happy, either by the city or the town where they were sent or the lack of benefits unlike civil servants. And it’s a dangerous problem“, he warns.
What must be done according to the former minister, and which did not exist in his time, is that we must choose the best students who have passed their baccalaureate with honors and have the best skills, and we train them in theory. For those with a license, we train them in a practical way. And it’s a method that works every time.
That said, the pressure exerted by the World Bank on Morocco with regard to the excessively high wage bill which is expensive for the country, pushed the Kingdom to move towards the integration of these teachers, trained only 2 years after the Obtaining the baccalaureate, within the AREF. ” And since then, the descent into hell has begun“, he laments.
Integration or nothing = Competence and sense of duty or nothing
The Ministry of National Education has said for the past three years that it was out of the question for these teachers to join the public service and that their contract with the AREFs is correct. Except that they clearly demand integration into the public service or nothing. What to do with this complicated equation?
According to Taeib Chkili, “ it is necessary to pass a competition to these teachers which includes the knowledge side, then educational qualifications. The one who is qualified, he integrates the public service, the one who is not, we give him compensation and we send him back“, he advocated justifying his opinion by the fact that if the situation persists as it is today, ” it would be a crime against thousands of students“.
” VSeducators still have 20 years of career ahead of them. If they continue at this pace, in addition to the fact that they do not all have skills and qualifications, and arrive with the view that they have rights but not duties, there is at that moment there is a problem that needs to be solved drastically“, he suggests.
Today, and instead of choosing the best elements to teach our children, ” we chose the elements who attended more sit-ins and demonstrations than courses. This is their journey“, he laments.
To conclude, this former minister proposes to pass a selective competition to teachers ” contractual for integration into the public service and only take the best.
” For those who do not have the necessary qualifications and who only want to join the function for the benefits, let them be sent back with compensation, even if it means spending a sum of money once and for all to get rid of them and close this file that has lasted too long“, slice Taieb Chkili.