20 August 2012

Morocco: HM the King Calls for Upgrading State Schools, Developing Private Education

Rabat — HM King Mohammed VI called on the government to lay special emphasis on upgrading state schools as well as on developing private education and ensuring interaction and complementarity between the two systems.

In a speech to the Nation on Monday on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People, the sovereign underlined that special attention needs to be paid to education system, a foremost national priority, insisting on the role of the education system and its ability to groom future generations properly, making them active players in the nation's democratic set-up and in its development process.

"The education system should not merely guarantee our children equitable access to schools and universities; it should also provide them with useful, motivating education and training suited to the kind of active life awaiting them," HM the King affirmed.

The monarch added that this system "should also enable young people to develop their skills and make full use of their creative energies. Our education system should help young people ensure their personal development so that they may shoulder their civic responsibilities in an environment that preserves their dignity, upholds equal opportunity and enables them to contribute to economic, social and cultural development."

HM the King called for reconsidering approaches and education policies "to go from a system centered on the teacher and his or her performance - in which knowledge is simply transmitted to learners - to another method which promotes learner interaction, enables students to develop their abilities and gives them opportunities to show their creativity and innovative thinking, in addition to enabling them to acquire skills, learn the rules of socialization and commit themselves to the ideals of freedom, equality and respect for difference."

Under the desired reform, the sovereign went on to say, "the aim is not to change syllabi, or add or remove subjects. The goal, in fact, is to change the training system and its objectives, and to give a new dimension to the work of teachers so that they can discharge their lofty mission properly."

"The school should not be an institution based on the principle of cramming information into pupils, but one which encourages critical thinking and perceptiveness to prepare students for the information and knowledge-based society," the monarch stressed.

Calling for the implementation of the provisions of the Constitution concerning the Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research in its new format, HM the King said that the "Council should contribute to the success of this transition which is crucially important not only for the future of our young people, but also for that of Morocco as a country and as a nation."

The sovereign lauded the tremendous efforts made by families to care for their children and provide them with education, affirming that "We must safeguard this intergenerational solidarity."

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