Education – Morocco’s Government Will Release a Law Aimed at Ending Free Teaching

The government of Saad Eddine El Othmani intends to implement the strategic plan of the Supreme Council for Education and Training, especially with regard to mechanisms of financing the educational system, including diversification of funding sources.

But the text of law, which is now in the hands of the Secretariat of the Government, is expected to rekindle the controversy over free education principle.

According to Almassae newspaper, the text does not depart from the contents of the strategic plan with regard to the need for families to contribute to the financing of higher education through the creation of fees for registration, taking into account the level of their incomes.

The project was devised by the previous government led by Abdelillah Benkirane.

The newspaper added that only wealthy families will have to pay school according to clear criteria. These fees will be applied gradually, to include in the first stage higher education, and then secondary education, without undermining the principle of free education.
But the text has not precisely determined the targeted groups, pending the preparation of an organic law.

However, the Supreme Council for Education and Training has already called for the establishment of registration fees in higher education and later in secondary education, while applying the principle of automatic exemption to needy families, which raises the question of the fate of the middle classes.

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