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Morocco: The never ending violence against students and teachers

Morocco: The never ending violence against students and teachers

After the death of the king Hassan 2. Morocco has started a new project under the ruling rules of the king Mohamed 6. The country now adopted several interesting approaches to improve it overall situation. FIrst, Morocco focused on various critical issues such as fighting poverty and literacy, applying human rights and investing in health care.

With such positive politics, Morocco succeeded to attract the foreign public interest; as a country of democracy and human rights, a country that provides freedom, social justice and equality to it citizens.

Protests in Morocco - source: Magharebia

Unfortunately, The internal reality is far from matching those positive headlines. Recently Morocco has entered into an internal conflict due to the deterioration of social condition in all the domains; especially in the education sector. as we all know, education is the basic element in the development of any countries. That`s why it should be given more importance.

The Moroccan educational system is today far from satisfactory because it suffers from many difficulties such as ignorance and marginalization. This failure is linked firstly to the policy of the government, who seem to give more attention to the economical sector. Even though Morocco nowadays is facing many challenges. Based on the global statistics of education, Morocco comes in the last rank. It is only a fair result of the policy practiced by the state.

The education sector is suffering from many different issues such as the exclusion of the opinion and the role of professors and students in the education sector and the lack of interest from the government in this area and it development... As long as the government is ignoring the role of students and their importance, as long as the government is preventing students and professors to play a role to improve the education in the country, our system will always remain unsatisfactory.

This rejecting and excluding policy practiced by the government against professors and students has created recently all type of conflicts with the government, especially with the student of a higher educational level, who have adopted the protest as a way to achieve their demands. But unfortunately they were all answered with violence.

NO DIALOGUE is the slogan that the Moroccan government flies in the face of the protesters and answer their requests with violence.

Earlier this year, we saw big protests by the medical students regarding some decisions taken by the government without any prior information. Followed by the protest of teachers about the same reason. These protest led to a bloody clash between students and police after that the police attacked them. The same event has been constantly repeated with a simple change in the strategy by the student of the science faculty Abdlmalek essaadi of Tetouan. the students of science decided to protest after so many attempts of dialogue with the presidency of the university. Their demands are very simple; transportation facilities, the right to request a second correction of their examination paper when judged unfair, to have enough time to prepare for exams and to have a restaurant in the university. Instead, and to everybody's surprise the police stormed into the university and used all kinds of violence against the student. The new policy adopted by the state this time was detention. More than 75 student were arrested for no reason, they were released later on, but 8 of them were sentenced for one year and suffered financial penalties...

This provision has shocked and angered students and the parents of the unfair sentenced students. The sentence of the court made the students determined to achieve their demands and to have the other students out of jail. Still the sentence against these 8 student is unreasonable since they have the same “guilt” as the other 75 students. Why did they than accused only 8 of them  and released the other ones? This question has no answer for the mean time. This act brings to mind the political arrests practiced by the state when people demand some of their rights that should be available at the first place, maybe these student were kept to be used as a negotiation cart to make the other student give up their demands... Or just simply to scare them... by indirectly making clear to all students that any type of demonstrations will put them in jail.

Brief, it seems that the democracy that Morocco is trying desperately to sell to the other foreign countries is far from being a reality for the local people. Today in Morocco a word or a demand for a better situation can cost you a heavy price, maybe your life. (Picture: Chris Brown)

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