Published On: Sat, May 4th, 2013

Reforming The Reform

By Abdelmjid Seghir

Moroco News Tribune

Agadir, Morocco|It is quite alarming how the Moroccan educational system ends a reform just to start a new one. Reform is our ministry’s “thing”, it just can’t do without it. The more alarming observation is that the ministry NEVER cares about what educators have to say or offer. Instead, the ministry brings someone from abroad, offer them millions of Dirhams and waste more millions on fake and worthless trainings. We, along with the writers from the best custom writing service, have spent a lot of time creating a presentation with statistics from educators after each reform. It's available at

Many educators make allegations that when the ministry fails to live up to Moroccans expectations, it resorts to some procedures to face the mistakes it has made. K. M. a ministry of education employee explains that the ministry has three main strategies to explain the dire situation of education in Morocco. “First, it denies that education has reached the bottom by making up some fake statistics to persuade the public. However, these arguments don’t hold water. What’s the point of numbers when reality shows the opposite?” K. M. demands before adding: “So, in order to face this embarrassment, the ministry moves to the second best option; holding teachers responsible for the situation by claiming that teachers do not work hard enough and that they are being “spoiled.” Whereas the third option is claiming that the educational system has grown old and that it needs to be reformed.”

As far as reforms are concerned, many educators think that the government isn’t being serious about them. They think that there will never be a serious reform unless educators’ opinions, suggestions and expertise are taken into account. This is why educators raise so many questions related to their exclusion from the decision making process in what is supposed to be their ministry; “Why aren’t we consulted? Why don’t they ask us? Why do they bring people from outside the country when no one knows our needs more than we do? Why is this marginalization of our role?” Many teachers wonder.

Responding to these questions, some educators suggest that Moroccan decision makers have an “inferiority complex”. This means that they believe that quality comes from abroad. They don’t believe that Moroccans have what it takes to improve the quality of their own lives, education economy or even football. “This doesn’t happen in education only; it’s the same thing everywhere. Foreigners are seen as more competent and more intelligent than us.” K. M. explains. “Look at our football national team for example; mediocre foreign coaches get salaries 10 times higher than our local competent coaches.” K. M. adds in apparent frustration.

Eventually, it’s needless to mention that no progress whatsoever will result from these reforms unless stakeholders are involved in the decision making process. Imported solutions will remain adequate and functional only on paper. The real world, however, will keep suffering from the ministry’s negligence of educators, and randomness in managing the field of education. 

Abdelmjid Seghir is a teacher of English, writer and public speaker. He holds a BA in TEFL and ICT from Ibn Zohr university, Agadir in 2010. His areas of interest include a variety of topics such as ICT, education, culture and cultural issues, photography and sports. His articles, papers and short stories have been published in many paper-based as well as electronic outlets. These include the American Language Center’s magazine “Oasis” and MATE’s (Moroccan Association of Teachers of English) 2012 conference proceedings. Seghir speaks in seminars and gives presentations at MATE’s conferences on a regular basis.


  • lynnediligent

    Of course reforms are useless if teachers are not being consulted, indeed if teachers are not part of the process! If it’s any consolation, the same problem is happening in America with reforms–the Common Core reforms are being implemented from the top down with no input from teachers.

    • Abdelmjid Seghir

      So, Moroccan officials seem to be blindly importing that fro mother countries without giving our particularities any kind of importance.
      Thank you, Lynne.

  • Meknasi

    Moroccans have effectively adopted the French view that Moroccans are an inferior race in need of perpetual French/European leadership and tutelage. This view, when imposed, imposes defeatism in the Moroccan mind, since the Moroccans role is to be defeated and in no circumstances the triumphant. This defeatism is preserved in Morocco by the continued use of the coloniser’s language. We all should realise that adopting a language is like adopting a mentality. Why did we adopt the mentality of the oppressor, the one whose lease on life requires our downfall. It is very sick and shameful that we did not dump that language in the Mediterranean in 1956.

    Instead of dumping this language, we today consider it almost an official language, but more importantly we consider it a marker of virtue! Whenever a Moroccan engages in a ignoble, trivial or mundane task, he/she will use their mother tongue Darija/Arabic, but if a Moroccan engages in a lofty or sophisticated task, French will be used. I see exactly this in daily life and on television. It is a basic part of the Moroccan environment. It is even a principle in Morocco. Is it not cruel to perpetuate this environment and uphold this principle (which artificially handicaps and punishes “Moroccaness”) while reproducing more Moroccans? Why bring more Moroccans into this World to suffer this stigma? I think it is cruel, if we are going to keep this culture that denigrates and stigmatises Moroccaness, then we might as well allow French people to populate our country and we voluntarily endure a natural decline. A person growing up in an environment that stigmatises him/her for being what he viscerally is shall create a real inferiority in him/her, and waste his/her potential unecessarily hindering the nation’s development. No wonder we have not developed, we have been raised to believe development only comes from France and under no circumstances from a Moroccan brain. Moroccans should look at China, a nation which doesn’t genuflect in front of any language but its own.

    I don’t think most realise how dangerous this mentality is. No one questions this, the same way that no one questions the immigration of our people abroad. Somebody should raise the question is X, Y and Z normal or are they a symptom of a malady.

    • Abdelmjid Seghir

      Thank You for reading the article and for leaving a thought-provoking comment.