The Education System in Morocco

Is the education system in Morocco hindering or helping development? Is there a need for reform?

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Sunday, October 3rd, 2010


Education is the basis for progress and social justice. The United Nation’s Arab Human Development Report observed in 2004 that the education systems in the Arab countries “reduce children’s independence, self-confidence and social efficiency, and foster passive attitudes and hesitant decision-making skills.” In Morocco, the education in schools, and even in higher post-graduate levels, is mostly didactic, suppressing questioning, dialog, exploratory learning and critical thinking. Is the education system, as many observers think, hindering development in Morocco? And in which case what needs to be done in order to reform it?

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18 comments on “The Education System in Morocco”

  1. 1.) We need teachers who actually care and are passionate about what they are teaching. I can not even stress how important this is.

    2.) Not everyone is a math or science wizz. We must broaden the subjects being taught, so that everyone can find and develop their own niche.

    3.) Anything is possible. This is a way of thinking that needs to be engraved into the minds of students. Many students do not believe, or are not confident enough of what they are capable of. I don’t think that we do not have talent, because we have a lot of it, I just think that we must change the way of thinking to a more positive one.

    Passion+hard work+patience = Success!


    • Hi Karim,

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment – if you’re interested in submitting an essay on this topic, do let us know, it’s never too late!

      Best,
      Jillian


  2. Sure, I’d love to. Will it be for the blog? And who should I send it to?


  3. Perfect! I’ll email you when I’m done.


  4. Is there a limited number of words?


    • Not specifically, though if you’re writing in Arabic or French, we ask that you keep it short, as we don’t currently have resources to translate longer pieces.


  5. Manus McManus

    The secret to create a nation of subordinated subjects is simply education “Give me a child and I’ll give you the man”. This is an issue I personally suffered from when I came to the West to finish my University education 25 years ago. Coming from a paternalistic society where no form of real freedoms were allowed, was initially a serious handicap that took me a long time to cure. The real damage that dictatorships inflict on its people is not only oppression including poverty, oppression or indignities but the changes it makes to the whole cultural and social norms. Compliance and mediocrity become a formula for success and dialog and critical thinking is discouraged and brutally repressed if it goes against the official line. Creative thinking becomes frowned upon it and seen as a subversion of “Al 3oraff”. Moreover, trust between people becomes inexistent and collaborative endeavours are perceived as organised crime or a “Mafia”. In such environment it is impossible to have a well rounded, creative, critical and confident subject.


  6. Bouchra Kachoub

    The education system in Morocco is definitely hindering the cognitive and the psychological development of students. The way it works in Morocco is that teachers always ask students to spit back what they were given before. I do not think that this is how it should be done. Why not ask students how can they do something differently and may be reach different results. Students need to develop a sense of criticism to question themselves and the world around them. So, this is concerning the cognitive development of students. As far as the psychological development of students, we see that they are under-estimated and are not reinforced positively for the good work they perform. So if there is no reinforcement, this means students will not keep on working hard and being creative. What kills me about education in Morocco is that everything is impossible and there is an excessive use of ‘no’ and ‘you cannot do it’. Why would we prevent our children from trying? Why would we prevent our children from discovering and developing their self-autonomy? It is high time to free our children from our restrictions.


  7. Bouchra, I agree that students should be encouraged to think for themselves and do that in critical manner; this is very crucial in the learning process of children. I think this is especially possible in certain technical courses. In other courses, say for example history, the govt wants students not to think critically about it because most of it is fake and critical thinking about history can shake up the foundations of the state. The Good News, Bouchra, is that people are not like machines. It is hard to program people. Once students grow up, if filled up with passion for learning and for academics, they can always acquire the how to think for themselves on the their own way.


    • @Mustapha Ajbaili what is in the Moroccan history that seem to be fake and might shake the stability of the foundations of the state? I think we should raise students that are more patriot. Then we will have a generation that helps the country to step foward. Critical thinking is not to make a student think that the history of his country is fake, but it is to tell him that your country suffers from many problems be ready to participate in solving these problems. Sorry if there is any misunderstanding.


  8. Education is a real issue in the whole world, let alone in Morocco. Initially, I believe that education is a never-ending process because what we get through schooling is just instruction, while education ends only after kicking the bucket. Personally, the main hurdle our schooling system faces is the “spoon-feeding” culture, in other words, students are hardly ever involved in making decisions or suggestions. However, they are usually asked to recite different subjects just to pass the test and forget them afterwards. Yet, William Butler Yeats says: “Education is not the filling of a tail, but the lighting of a fire.”
    Eventually, we can’t deny that due to globalization, mass media and other factors, the Moroccan system is stepping ahead day after day, and the proverb says: “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go-so long as you do not stop.”


  9. @Mustapha Ajbaili what is in the Moroccan history that seem to be fake and might shake the stability of the foundations of the state? I think we should raise students that are more patriot. Then we will have a generation that helps the country to step foward. Critical thinking is not to make a student think that the history of his country is fake, but it is to tell him that your country suffers from many problems be ready to participate in solving these problems. Sorry if there is any misunderstanding.


  10. ouatil oumayma

    All what you said guys has a point, but i want to point out to the big hole between hightschool and higher studies.
    one of the main problems that the moroccan students have is dealing with higher studies,they get totally lost after bacalaureat


  11. ayoub ezzahir

    I think that the problem here is that there is no searching after the teachers from the goverment and that what made the teachers do what they want and leave the student with out studing and that back negatively for our society and stop in front of our improvement


  12. I think that the problem is that the students are always late because of unreliable public transportation.Besides, the teachers are underpaid so they are obligated to teach in public and private schools


  13. the education is no relation between it and the people


  14. can one od you tell me what he or she think about our éducation in high study like college


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