The Justice and Development Party (PJD) has not given up its strategy aimed at “the Islamisation” of Moroccan society, or so it seems, as its parliamentary members pleaded, earlier this week, the need to establish traditional schools offering education “exclusively to girls”, following the Saudi model.
This recently-made declaration by the Islamist MPs caused a serious outrage inside the parliament since Morocco’s Constitution prohibits discrimination between men and women.
PJD’s schooling vision, however, has been preceded by another controversial proposition aiming at allocating “pink buses” -exclusive to women only- to face sexual harassment amongst other forms of violence against women, especially at rush hour.
Thus, in support to their request, PJD deputies Fatema Ahl Takror and Mohamed Toufla, said during the House of Representatives’ weekly oral questioning that girls “do not benefit enough” from traditional schooling, especially in mountainous and rural areas, due to gender diversity.
For his part, the Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq, stated that girls’ proper schooling can achieved without opting for radical solutions; noting that such step (if taken) will be purely counterproductive and won’t reflect Moroccan society’s values for that matter.
Ahmed Toufiq, however, forgot to recall that during the 60s and 70s of the last century, boys and girls have learned Quran all together inside Msids (traditional schools) at a time the Wahhabi ideology did not seem to exist yet.