Morocco bill to teach in French passes
The Moroccan House of Councillors has approved Draft Law 51.17, Morocco’s bill to teach in French, which seeks to make French the language of instruction for scientific and technological subjects in schools.
The government has claimed the reason for this change is to enable students to make the transition to studying these subjects at university easier, thus reducing the dropout rate.
At present, Moroccan education is delivered in Arabic across all subjects. The switch to a bilingual education system, favouring French for the sciences, is aimed at better preparing Moroccans for the job market.
Morocco bill to teach in French will create ‘future-proof’ Moroccans
Whilst the law has been opposed by many, education Said Amzazi states that those in opposition have not considered the implications of the bill on Morocco’s education system.
Amzazi states that this change will modernise Morocco’s education, maximise students’ performance in foreign languages and policy decisions. This will, in turn, drive up Morocco’s competitiveness on the world stage.
This newly-passed Morocco bill, Amzazi believes, is key to achieving the new development model of which King Mohammed VI enthusiastically spoke in his Throne Day speech.
The inclusive education system which has compulsory free of charge schooling for children aged 1 to 16 will help to provide equal opportunities for all children as well as socio-economic equity.
One of the main benefits of the Morocco bill to teach in French, Amzazi states, is that the law included positive discrimination for students from low-income, marginalised backgrounds.
Consequently, the law will help Moroccans who still feel left behind or not concerned with the series of reforms that have so far punctuated the country’s political life.
“Do we want to train our children in a vacuum in a model predefined for eternity and without regard for the changing world around, or do we rather want them to be equipped to be citizens of the world, capable of integrating them to be equipped to be citizens of the world, capable of integrating themselves in competitive work settings, and having mastery over technological advances impacting all fields?” Amzazi asked.
The bill is set to help the country’s vision of improving prospects of younger citizens which will in the long term serve to benefit the socio-economic status of the country as a whole.
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