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HM the King Chairs Ceremony to Present Progress Report and Executive Program on Supporting Schooling, Reforming Education and Training

Rabat  -  
HM King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and HRH Princess Lalla Khadija, chaired, on Monday at Rabat royal palace, a ceremony to present the progress report and executive program on supporting schooling and implementating the reform of education and training.
HM the King Chairs Ceremony to Present Progress Report and Executive Program on Supporting Schooling, Reforming Education and Training
17 September 2018

At the beginning of this ceremony, national education minister Saïd Amzazi gave a speech before HM the King in which he underlined that this program, elaborated pursuant to the royal instructions, is in line with the speech delivered to the nation on the 19th anniversary of the sovereign's accession to the throne (July 30, 2018) and the speech given on the 65th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People (August 20, 2018).

In these speeches, the monarch had urged the cabinet and all concerned stakeholders to undertake a comprehensive and in-depth restructuring of national support and social welfare programs and policies, and ensure a better balance between the training and employment so as to reduce the rate of joblessness, notably among young people, he said.

This new program, which takes into account the recommendations of the "Strategic Vision of the 2015-2030 reform: for a school of equity, quality and promotion", shows the paramount importance of the sector of education and training for future generations as well as the special interest HM the King takes in the reform of this vital sector and his strong attachment to guaranteeing adequate conditions for its success, he said.

It should give a strong impetus to social programs that are meant to fight all social and economic difficulties facing schooling and reduce financial expenses that burden families, he added.

In this regard, the "Tayssir" program will be reinforced by a conditional financial support, the program of preschool education generalization and development will be implemented, accommodation, catering and transportation services will be reinforced, and social services will be improved for the benefit of students of higher education.

The implementation of these social programs is likely to contribute to the improvement of the level of schooling of the beneficiary pupils and the reduction of the school dropout rate to move from 5.7% currently in primary education in rural areas to 1% for the school year 2024-2025, and from 12% currently in secondary schools in rural and urban areas to 3% for the school year 2024-2025, the Minister noted.

As for the issue of education-training-employment, the minister said the program includes several measures meant to ensure a good balance between training and employment, mainly the diversification of the educational offer and its adaptation to the needs of the labor market and the implementation of a new conception for open access university institutions.

Measures include also the institutionalization and consolidation of periodic training, the creation of a new generation of vocational training centers that meet the needs of economic actors and are in line with regional development plans, the implementation of the national certification framework, the review of youth employment support mechanisms and programs, and the establishment of an efficient and active system of school, vocational and university guidance.

He concluded by saying that the success of this program depends on the adherence of all stakeholders, as part of a collective and national effort and an efficient and effective governance.

In a similar speech, president of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Education-Training social Welfare Promotion Youssef El Bakkali gave an overview of the social projects and programs undertaken by the Foundation for the benefit of its members (400,000 people), totaling over 7 billion dirhams.

El Bakkali said that, within the framework of backing the current momentum of the educational system reform, the Foundation has adopted a ten-year action program (2018-2028) which is aimed at meeting the needs and expectations of education professionals.

This program mobilizes significant funding and provides for carrying out several projects meant for strengthening the health offer for teachers, launching the second phase of the housing support mechanism, the creation of a support fund for children's access to pre-school education, and the completion of the building of 82 pilot pre-schools.

On this occasion, the president of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Education-Training social Welfare Promotion gave the Sovereign a detailed report on the Foundation's 2002-2018 activities and the Foundation's 2018-2028 ten-year action plan.

Afterwards, HM the King chaired the signing ceremony of three partnership agreements. The first on the extension and development of the Tayssir program, boarding schools and school canteens, was signed by Mohamed Benchaaboun, Minister of Economy and Finance and Said Amzazi.

The second agreement concerns the setting up of two vocational training centers in health professions in Rabat and Casablanca. It was signed by Mohamed Benchaaboun, Saïd Amzazi, Minister of Health Anas Doukkali, and Loubna Tricha, Director General of the Office of Vocational Training and Labor Promotion (OFPPT).

The third agreement is related to the establishment of integrated school programs "sport-study", and vocational training and higher education courses for athletes. It has been inked by Saïd Amzazi and Rachid Talbi Alami, Minister of Youth and Sports.

The Sovereign was greeted by twelve students, trainees and graduates for the 2017-2018 school year. His Majesty awarded afterwards Royal Wissams to eighteen professors and executives from the Ministry of Education. 

This ceremony was attended by the Head of Government, the speakers of the two Houses of Parliament, the advisors of HM the King , members of the Government, presidents of the constitutional bodies, presidents of Universities and several figures.

At the end of this ceremony, HM the King offered a reception in honor of these figures.

Last modified : 17 September 2018

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