National consultation is one of the keys to reviving public schools

The Benmoussa Department has launched significant education reform efforts, particularly through initiatives to engage in institutional debate with various stakeholders, to contribute to the enrichment of its roadmap for public schools. Are we moving towards a better and just education system?

In response to a central verbal question from councilors on “new proposals for Moroccan school reform”, Benmussa emphasized the need to succeed in public school reform, which is a crucial part of Morocco’s development. , 2022-2026 Roadmap needs to ensure participation of all stakeholders in development and implementation.

These recommendations will activate the participatory democratic system enshrined in the state constitution as the basis for the development and implementation of people’s policies, as determined by the recommendations of the new development model on the need to involve citizens. Then implement public policy to be able to evaluate them. The involvement of all actors can improve scientificity, democracy and the rule of law in the process of managing the sector. Citizen participation in the implementation of government policy is a manifestation of the capacity and modernization of the system of governance.

What does it take to fix mass education?

The Minister noted that such suggestions do not focus on assessing the realities of the education system, as subsequent errors and omissions are known in detail through various assessment studies and various processes for listening. And communicating with citizens, which took place within the framework of the details of the new development model, noting that the decisions obtained from the various assessments were invested in the details of the roadmap around which these consultations were held.

In a school reform program, education is transformed into better teaching and learning to improve the quality of education across the country. Analysis of educational reform requires a holistic view of causes, objectives, applications and outcomes.

In this sense, Benmoussa recalls the most important objectives his department seeks to achieve through these consultations, in particular to stimulate an open institutional discussion with various actors and stakeholders on reform priorities over the next five years, to create a reflection to enrich the roadmap. Integrates it with proposals from the field and from actors and stakeholders. According to the Minister, it is also a question of motivating key players and partners at all levels of the education system to actively participate and commit to their responsibilities in implementing the roadmap.

Educational performance puts teachers in the crosshairs

Benmussa indicated that the ministry has chosen to start with these schools, embodying the centrality of schools in reform, including the first beneficiaries of school services, such as students, their mothers, fathers and their teachers, as well as key actors, including various elements of teachers and educational institutions.

In this context, the qualifications and involvement of teachers in public schools remain an ever-present topic in the debate on national education and educational performance in Morocco. Many people see failed schools as a product of their environment, saying that the worst schools are in poor and crime prone areas.

However, cities fail because of schools, not otherwise. This is evidenced by the fact that, for Benmussa, “the revival of the education system is done through the establishment of public schools at the center of a social project”. This view supports the notion that education can truly transform society, that by providing better education, schools can create better communities.

So the problem is not the environment, the school itself. Without active and enthusiastic teachers, it becomes increasingly difficult for students to perform well because they do not learn and, in most cases, do not care. Children learn from adults in their lives, and if their teachers do not make concerted efforts in teaching, children will do the same in learning.

According to Benmauser, the consultation in question relies on the principle of proximity through its geographical location and on multiple channels of involvement in the school basin and national and local involvement to further interact with specificity and local educational realities, focus groups, regional meetings, scientific seminars and The Round Table is open to all citizens of all civil society activities and electronic platforms dedicated to consultation, except for thematic forums, as illustrated by the organization.

Thus, about 6,200 discussion groups will be organized in all the regions of the state and 80 meetings at the provincial level, he said, adding that the ministry has adopted a pilot approach in organizing these consultations, which will continue. Towards the end of June 2022, and whose pilot episode will be launched in the Marrakech-Safi region, it is before the normalization in all regions of the state.

Outside of the discussion, understanding school reform as a developmental process can pave the way for understanding the need for greater involvement of the community and teachers in particular as meaningful partners in the reform and success process.

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